For immediate release
July 1, 2014
Miami Used Car Dealer Arrested
Filiberto Sanchez, 46, owner of Affordable Motors, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $578,000 in sales taxes he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
Mr. Sanchez, who lives in Miami, was arrested by the Warrants Unit of the Miami-Dade Police Department on June 26, 2014, on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Sanchez collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period from May 2008 through March 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Affordable Motors, Inc. is located at 850 NW 42nd Avenue in Miami.
"It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars."
If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Miami at 305-513-3290.
Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.