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May 18, 2012

Tamarac Movie Theater Owner Arrested

Mitchell T. Knohl, 49, former owner of Budget Theaters at Tamarac, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $17,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Knohl, who lives in Hallandale Beach, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad on May 17, 2012, on two separate felony charges relating to theft of state funds and worthless funds transfer. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, and possible payment of investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Knohl collected tax from customers at his theater. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all the sales tax he collected and sent worthless funds transfers. The theater was located at 10036 West McNab Road.

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.