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June 6, 2011

RESTAURANT OWNER ARRESTED

Roosevelt Beard III, 31, the former owner of Roosevelt's Bar-B-Q of Ocala, Inc., has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Beard, who lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department on May 25, 2011 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusing to 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Beard collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 through periods in 2011, he failed to file his tax returns as required by Florida law.

"Most Florida businesses do an excellent job of meeting the state's requirements for collecting and submitting sales tax, which pays for services Floridians need," said Lisa Vickers, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "Individuals who consistently fail to submit tax returns gain an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses that follow the law. It's our job to ensure that Florida's tax laws are administered fairly."

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.