April 30, 2014
Kathryn M. Altman, 49, owner of Ray the Locksmith, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $15,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
Ms. Altman, Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department on April 26, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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, Ms. Altman collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during the period from March through October 2012, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Ray the Locksmith is located at 25 NE 8th Avenue in Ocala.
"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 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.