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May 17, 2012

Former Owner of Chiefland Custom Glass Shop Arrested

Michael Pitts, former owner of Pitts Custom Glass, Inc., has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Pitts, 40, who lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department on May 12 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Pitts collected tax from customers at his business, however, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to file and pay his sales tax returns as required by law. The closed business was located at 7620 North West 115th Street in Chiefland.

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 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.