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October 6, 2014

St. Augustine Billiards Bar Operator Arrested

Margarita Fowler McCarthy, 64, operator of Sam's Boondocks & Stix, LLC, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $2,900 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. McCarthy, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, was arrested by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department on October 3, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. McCarthy collected sales tax from the customers at her business. However, during the period from March 2010 through April 2012, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Sam's Boondocks & Stix is located at 7705 Colee Cove Road in St. Augustine.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

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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