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October 30, 2013

Sarasota Pub Owner Arrested

Daniel Patrick O'Connor, 25, owner of O'Connor's Irish Pub Company, doing business as The Irish Pub and Grill on Main, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $19,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. O'Connor, who lives in Nokomis, was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department on October 29, 2013 on a felony charges relating to theft of state funds. 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. The Irish Pub and Grill on Main was located on Main Street in Sarasota.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. O'Connor collected sales tax from customers of his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in October 2011through January 2013, he failed to 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 Tampa at 813-744-6506.

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.