June 23, 2010
The owner of a Lee County repair shop that specialized in the repair of automobile and marine upholstery has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
David A. Tangaro 43, of Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff’s Department on June 17, 2010 on a felony charge relating to failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, Mr. Tangaro faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as investigative costs. Mr. Tangaro owned Gulf Coast Auto Trim, Inc, located in Fort Myers.
"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 Echeverri, 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 Ft. Myers at 239-338-2425.