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Owner of Pasco bowling alleys accused of withholding sales tax from state

PORT RICHEY — Christopher L. Langlo, owner of two local bowling alleys, is accused of failing to pay $49,271 in sales taxes to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Langlo, 46, turned himself in to authorities Thursday on a warrant charging him with theft of state taxes regarding his businesses, Lane-Glo Lanes North, 6935 Ridge Road in Port Richey, and Lane-Glo Bowl, 8631 County Road 54 in New Port Richey.

The missing or partial payments were for six months — February 2007, May 2008, July 2008, September 2008, March 2009 and April 2009 — according to court documents.

Department of Revenue specialists "made numerous contacts with Chris Langlo in an effort to resolve the company's sales tax delinquencies," a probable cause affidavit states.

The bowling alleys also sell food and alcohol, and Langlo is supposed to file monthly sales tax returns with the Department of Revenue, the document states.

"Chris Langlo broke several promises to pay the delinquent taxes due and was aware of the sales tax delinquencies" of the two businesses, the affidavit states.

With penalties and interest, Langlo owes $53,242, according to the document.

He was released hours after his arrest Thursday on $5,000 bail. He was not able to be reached Friday.

Times researcher Will Gorham and staff writer Molly Moorhead contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Owner of Pasco bowling alleys accused of withholding sales tax from state 02/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 9:43pm]
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