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January 31, 2013

Hillsborough County Businessman Arrested

Seechand Sahdeo, owner of S & S Auto Repair Sales and Towing, Inc., a business that specializes in automobile sales and repairs located in Tampa, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $22,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Sahdeo, 41, who lives in Land O Lakes, turned himself in to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on January 31, 2013 on felony charges 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 payment of penalty and investigative costs. S & S Auto Repair Sales and Towing, Inc. is located at 3701 15th St Tampa.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Sahdeo collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected. He also issued checks to the Department of Revenue that were returned for insufficient funds.

“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 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.