March 10, 2014 - Revised
Nicolaos Anagnostopoulos, 45, owner of Automazing Motor Corp., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
Mr. Anagnostopoulos, Pembroke Pines, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Department on March 1, 2014, on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he 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.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Anagnostopoulos collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods beginning in March 2008 through April 2010, 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. Automazing Motor Corp., now closed, was located at 4650 SW 15th Street in Davie.
"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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.
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.