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November 22, 2010

Window Sales & Repair Owner Arrested

The owner of a Hillsborough County window sales and repair owner has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive returns and refused to pay taxes due, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Dean Springer, 39, of Lutz, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department on November 22, 2010 on felony and misdemeanor charges. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fine, as well as possible tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Springer owns Window Sales Plus Inc. located at 805 W Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, Florida.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Springer routinely collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 through periods in 2010, he failed file his tax returns as required by law.

"Most Florida businesses do an excellent job of meeting the state's requirements for collecting and submitting sales tax, which pays for services Floridians need," said Lisa Vickers, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "Individuals who consistently fail to submit tax returns gain an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses that follow the law. It's our job to ensure that Florida’s tax laws are administered fairly."

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.