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January 22, 2013

Leon County Lounge Owner Arrested

Anthony Murgio, the owner of Tapas Lounge, Inc., located in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $110,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Murgio, 29, Tallahassee, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on January 18, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Tapas Lounge is located at 215 W. College Avenue in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Murgio collected tax from customers at his lounge. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and failed to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim 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 Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.

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.