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March 18, 2013

Hernando County Auto Repair Shop Owner Arrested

David W. White, Jr., the owner of David's Auto Center, that did business as Consumer Car Care, an auto repair shop located in Spring Hill, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. White, 42, who lives in Spring Hill, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on March 13, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns and refusal to file sales tax returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Consumer Car Care is located at 4240 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. White collected tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and file sales tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim 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 Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

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.