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State Arrests Dealer for Not Paying Taxes

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Roberto A. Martinez, operator of RDM Automotive Group, Inc., has been arrested on charges for the theft of more than $922,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
 Martinez was arrested on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.
His two stores, RDM Auto Sales and RDM Luxury Imports, are now closed. They were located at 4010 South State Road 7 in Miramar.
 According to Department of Revenue investigators, Martinez collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from August 2011 through May 2014, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

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