Chiefland man arrested on sales tax charge

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Auto body repair shop owner James Ballengee, 46, of Chiefland is free on $5,000 bond after being arrested on a charge of taking more than $78,000 in state sales taxes from his customers and not passing it on to the state, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
Ballengee, who owns Ballengee Autobody, 15563 N.W. Highway 19, was arrested July 14 on charges of theft of state funds and refusal to file tax returns and pay state taxes, according to LCSO. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, plus repayment of the taxes, with interest and penalties. He could also be responsible for investigative costs.
The state Department of Revenue claims Ballengee collected the taxes from customers and starting in 2007 — and at times through 2011 — failed to pay the state and failed to file returns. State law claims the taxes as state property from the moment they are collected.

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