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September 11, 2013

Tallahassee Security Agency Owner Arrested

William Daniel Roberts, 62, owner of American Security Enterprises, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Roberts, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on September 10, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. American Security Enterprises was located at 4329 West Pensacola Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Roberts collected sales tax from the clients of his business. However, during various periods beginning in July 2011 through May 2013, he failed to file tax returns and send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“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 850-487-0461.

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.