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June 6,2013

Gadsden County Auto Repair Shop Owner Arrested

James Lewis Colston, the owner of Colston Body Shop LLC formerly known as "Colston's Paint & Body Shop," a vehicle paint and body repair located in Quincy, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Colston, 63, who lives in Havana, was arrested by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office on June 6, 2013, on a felony charge relating to failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. 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. Colston Body Shop LLC formerly known as Colston's Paint & Body Shop is located at 1715 Mainline Drive in Quincy.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Colston collected tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2013, he failed to file his 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

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.