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May 14, 2012

Used Car Dealer Arrested in Theft Case

James Michael Dorman, the former owner of a Broward County used car dealership has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $48,218 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Dorman, 24, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, was arrested by the Carlsbad California Police Department on a felony charge relating to theft of states funds. Mr. Dorman is being held in the San Diego County Jail in California pending extradition to Florida. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Dorman operated JNF Used Auto Sales, LLC, 700 North State Road 7 in Plantation, Florida.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Dorman collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods between February 2006 and June 2006, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2904.

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.