May 8, 2013
Eddy Durandisse, the owner of Phil Used Car Center, LLC, located in Davie, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $18,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Mr. Durandisse, 47, who lives in Miramar, was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, May 1, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file 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. Phil Used Car Center is located at 4701 South West 45th, Street in Davie.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Durandisse collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2008, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or to file 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, 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 954-346-3067.
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.