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February 24, 2012

Used Car Dealer Arrested in Theft Case

David H. Brotman, the owner of P.B. Affordable Transportation, Inc. located in West Palm Beach, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $130,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Brotman, 60, who also lives in West Palm Beach, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department on February 22, 2012 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Brotman's dealership is located at 624 South Military Trail in West Palm Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Brotman collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. 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 West Palm Beach at 561-640-2874.

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.