September 24, 2012
William B. Hatchett, 47, the owner of B&K Motors. Inc. has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $41,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Mr. Hatchett, who lives in Pembroke Pines, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on September 18, 2012, on felony charges relating to theft of state sales tax. 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. Hatchett collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all the sales tax he collected. The dealership's location is 220 North West 5th Avenue in Hallandale.
“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 Coral Springs at 954-346-3067.
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.