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August 6, 2012

Lee County Auto Shop Owner Arrested

Kenneth B. Elrod, the former owner of AJ Auto & Truck Repair, a business that was located in Lee County, Florida, has been arrested on charges relating to tax evasion, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Elrod, 42, who also lives in Fort Myers, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on August 2, 2012 on felony charges relating to tax evasion and failing to file six consecutive 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. AJ Auto & Truck Repair was located at 2181 Dixie Lane in Alva. The business is closed.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Elrod collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or failed to file his sales 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, 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 Ft. 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.