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November 6, 2012

Pasco County Antique Dealer Arrested

Lonnaize C. Monteiro, the owner of Peddlers Village, an antique shop located in Dade City, Florida, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $6,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Monteiro, 59, who also lives in Dade City, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on November 5, 2012 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen taxes, as well as, payment of interest, penalty and investigative costs. Peddlers Village is located at 14330 7th Street in Dade City.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Monteiro collected tax from customers at her store. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, she failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“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 Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

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.