Store owner charged in tax case
A 29-year-old owner of an auto parts store is accused of not reporting at least $7,500 in sales taxes he collected from customers and not sending in tax returns for years.
Israel Cruz, owner of Cruz Wheels & Accessories at 15617 U.S. 301, was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft of state funds and failing to file his tax returns for six years. The Florida Department of Revenue said Cruz refused to file and pay his taxes.
"If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as repayment of stolen taxes, interest, penalty and investigative costs," the department states.
Cruz, of 11816 Orangewood Drive, was released Wednesday from the Pasco Jail on $10,000 bail.