For immediate release
January 22, 2015
Indialantic Beach Concession Owner Arrested
Timothy Popham, 36, owner of Sunrise Beach Rentals of Brevard, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, thereby failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
Mr. Popham, who lives in Indialantic, was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff's Department on December 29, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and his failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Popham collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in September of 2012 through June 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.
"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 Daytona Beach at 386-274-6622.
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.