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Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:31

Florida Body Shop Owner Arrested in Tax Case

Gary P. Chung, the owner of Gary Chung’s Auto Works in Dunnellon, FL, was arrested on charges that he withheld more than $2,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Chung, 57, of Dunnellon, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 22 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, and refusal to file and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Chung collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 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.

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