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March 9, 2011

Alachua County Restaurant Owner Arrested

Sombat Reunna, 39, the owner of the Plaza Deli located in Gainesville, has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Reunna who lives in Gainesville, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on March 9, 2011 and if convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Reunna collected tax from customers at his businesses. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to file six consecutive returns and refuse to file returns and pay taxes.

"Most Florida businesses do an excellent job of meeting the state's requirements for collecting and submitting sales tax, which pays for services Floridians need," said Lisa Vickers, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. Individuals who consistently fail to submit tax returns gain an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses that follow the law. It's our job to ensure that Florida’s tax laws are administered fairly.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Alachua at 386-418-4415.

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.