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February 27, 2014 - Revised

Spring Hill Automotive Parts & Repair Shop Owner Arrested

Gregory A Lynch, 29, former owner of LNR Motors LLC, doing business as Tuffy Auto Service Center, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $34,000 in sales tax he collected from customers in 2011, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Lynch, who lives in Port Richey, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff's Department on February 18, 2014 on a 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 repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Tuffy Auto Service Center was located at 1280 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Lynch collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods in 2011, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. 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 Marshall Stranburg, 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 Holiday at 727-938-2551.

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.