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June 17, 2014

Former Tallahassee Restaurant Owner Arrested

Jon D. Sweede, 50, owner of Po' Boys, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $46,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Sweede, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on June 15, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Sweede collected sales tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods from November 2010 through December 2013, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Po' Boys, now closed, operated two locations in Tallahassee, one at 224 East College Avenue and one at 1944 West Pensacola Street.

"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.