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February 06, 2012

Key Largo Man Arrested in Theft Case

Robert C. Davis, 63, owner of Luxury Limousines of the Florida Keys, located in Key Largo, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Davis, who also lives in Key Largo, was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department on February 3, 2012, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, refusal to file and pay taxes, as well as, willful and fraudulent acts. If convicted, Mr. Davis faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. The limousine service is located at 98700 Overseas Highway in Key Largo.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Davis collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2006 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected or file tax returns as required by law. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

"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 Key West at 305-293-1589.

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.