December 10, 2012
Biel Semexant, Jr., the former owner of Smart Carz, LLC, and Auction Access USA, both located in Wilton Manors, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $130,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.
Mr. Semexant, 41, Sunrise, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on December 4, 2012 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds, filing a false or fraudulent return, and failure to file six consecutive returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Semexant's dealerships were located on North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Semexant collected tax from customers at both of his former dealerships. However, during various periods beginning in 2006 and lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected or file tax returns as required by law. 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, 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2904.
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.