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September 25, 2014

Broward County Body Repair Shop Owner Arrested For Theft of State Funds

Lenard H. Caggiano, 59, former owner of L&L Collision, Inc., that did business as Premiere Body Shop and PBS Collision Center in Pompano Beach, was arrested on charges that he stole more than $114,000 in state funds he collected in sales tax from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Caggiano, who lives in Hahira, Georgia, was arrested by the Lowndes County Georgia Sheriff's Department on August 22, 2014 on felony charges 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, and investigative costs. The body shop, now closed, was located at 5001 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Caggiano collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected or remit sales tax returns as required by law. 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

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.

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