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A former Florida used-car dealer 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.
Biel Semexant, Jr., the former owner of Smart Carz, LLC, and Auction Access USA, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 4 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. Semexant's dealerships were located on North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.
According to Florida Revenue Department investigators, 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.