January 15, 2014
Alejandro J. Herrera, 42, the owner of Vehicles 4 Sale, Inc., a used car dealership located in Hollywood, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $54,000 in sales tax he collected from his customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Herrera, who lives in Pembroke Pines, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on January 6, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and filing a false or fraudulent return. If convicted, Herrera faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Vehicles 4 Sale is located at 900 North State Road 7 in Hollywood.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Herrera collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected, and filed false tax returns which understated actual sales and sales tax collections.
“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 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.