July 11, 2011
Edward M. Deleo, 47, former owner of Uno Chicago Grill in Fort Myers; Sam Sneads Oak Grill & Tavern in Fort Myers; and Uno Chicago Grill in Cape Coral, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $158,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Mr. Deleo was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department on July 8, 2011 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 repayment of stolen taxes, interest, penalty and investigative costs.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Deleo collected tax from customers at his restaurants. However, during various periods beginning in 2006 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send into the state all the sales tax he collected. The restaurants were located at: 9510 Marketplace Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33912; 9520 Marketplace Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33912; and 738 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, Florida 33991.
“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Lisa Vickers, 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 worse—intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars."
If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Fort Myers at 239-338-2425.
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.