November 28, 2011
Leslie D. Harmon, 46, the former owner of A Cracker Trail Cafe, located in Kenansville, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Ms. Harmon, who also lives in Kenansville, was arrested by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on November 19, 2011 on felony and misdemeanor charges related to failing to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file and pay taxes due. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as, penalty and investigative costs.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Harmon collected tax from customers at her restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2011, she failed to file tax returns as required by law. The business was located at 955 South Kenansville Road in Kenansville.
"It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Lisa Vickers, 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 worse, 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 954-346-2905.
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.