January 30, 2012
Jonathan G. Owens, the owner of Ybor Technology Group LLC, located in Tampa, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $20,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
Mr. Owens, 36, who also lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on January 26 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds as well as misdemeanor charges for failing to files sales tax returns and pay the 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. Ybor Technology Group LLC is located at 1726 7th Ave E 3605 in Tampa.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Owens collected tax from customers at his computer services business. However, during various periods beginning in 2007, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected.
"It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Lisa Vickers, 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 Tampa at 813-744-6506.
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.