July 3, 2012
Patrick J. Benedetto, the owner of Foam Improvement, a business located in Holiday, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $5,000.00 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
Mr. Benedetto, 52, who also lives in Holiday, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on June 29, 2012 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. 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. Mr. Benedetto’s business is located at 3618 Cross Creek Court in Holiday.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Benedetto collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected.
"It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Marshall Stranburg, Interim 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 Port Richey at 727-841-4272.
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.