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October 24, 2012

Marion County Businessman Arrested

James W. Duckett, a businessman engaged in the rental of commercial real estate in Ocala, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file sales tax returns, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Duckett, 71, who also lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on October 4, 2012, on a felony charge relating to failure 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Duckett collected tax from the tenants of his commercial property. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to file 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 Alachua at 386-418-4415.

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.