April 3, 2012
Steven G. Bush, the owner of Screwbox, located in Tampa, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $36,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
Mr. Bush, 55, who also lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on April 2, 2012 on a felony charge relating to theft of state fund. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Screwbox is located at 4020 West Kennedy Blvd in Tampa.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Bush collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected.
“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 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.