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June 4, 2013

Sarasota County Café Owner Arrested

John D'Atria, the owner of Café Amalfi North and Café Amalfi East, both located in Sarasota, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. D'Atria, 56, who also lives in Sarasota, was arrested on May 17, 2013 by the Florida Highway Patrol during a seatbelt enforcement check on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns, 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, payment of penalties and investigative costs. Café Amalfi North is located at 211 Tamiami Trail and Café Amalfi East is located at 3911 Kenny Drive, in Sarasota.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. D'Atria collected tax from customers at his café. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to file sales 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 Tampa at 813-744-6506.

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.