September 11, 2013
by Julie Montanaro
David Wendland - the owner of Julie's Place on North Monroe Street - entered a plea this week to charges that he pocketed thousands in state sales tax.
The restuarant is closed now.
This week, Wendland entered a no contest plea. He was ordered to pay more than 17-thousand dollars in restitution and will spend the next five years on probation.
Florida Department of Revenue Release
Tallahassee, FL - David C. Wendland, the owner of Monroe Restaurants, Inc. doing business as Julie’s Place, in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.
Mr. Wendland, 50, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office February 8, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Julie’s Restaurant is located at 2901 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee.
According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Wendland collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.
“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don’t, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”
If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.