January 8, 2014
Arman I. Canatay, the former owner of U.S. Stone & Tile Orlando, Inc., a business that had specialized in the retail sale of stone and tile located in Winter Park, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $58,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Mr. Canatay, 44, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office on December 18, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. U.S. Stone & Tile Orlando was located at 1964 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Canatay collected tax from customers at his store. However, during various periods beginning in 2008, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and filed a false tax return.
“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 worse intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”
If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Maitland at 407-475-1252
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.