Local Restaurant Owner Arrested for Fraud

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

A local restaurant owner is arrested on allegations of failing to file and pay back taxes.

50-year old Clementine Sherrell who owned the Sandy Bottoms Bar & Grill on Woodville Highway was taken into custody Wednesday (2-16) by the Wakulla County sheriff's Office. According to Revenue Department investigators, Sherrell failed to file six consecutive returns and refused to pay taxes. They say Sherrell collected taxes from customers at the restaurant and during various periods in 2008 and 2010, she failed to file and pay tax returns as required by Florida law.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    Just let her go, in a couple of months scott wont be making her pay taxes anyway
  • by x-employee on Feb 20, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    ok well first off yall just dont know everything that she has done and she deserves what she get .she rip alot of people off even employees to be truthfull and it will all come out whenever she goes to court or whatever she has to do
  • by Bust-her Location: Tallahassee on Feb 19, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Really blue soul? I think I pointed that out...stealing means the same thing as THEFT. The problem is must be folks can't tell wrong from right, nor can they read.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    uneployed. This is why you would never be employed by me.
  • by Ya Ya Location: St Marks on Feb 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    She will not be convicted. They cannot find a jury in Wakulla that thinks stealing is a crime!
  • by uneployed Location: fl on Feb 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    state worker-anon---am completely satified like a 3rd grader. DONT CARE OR HAVE TIME FOR SPELL CHECK.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    Did they get rid of the nasty cats running around in there?
  • by blue soul Location: Tallahassee on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    Both are wrong. Not paying income tax is a failure in your obligations. Not submitting taxes collected on behalf of the state is THEFT.
  • by Gina on Feb 19, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    I would have a little compassion, had she not been collecting taxes from customers. I'd give her a "get out of jail card" though if she coughs up the monies.
  • by Bust-her Location: Tallahassee on Feb 19, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    State sales tax is different from other taxes. The business owner is an agent for the state and collects the funds on the state's behalf. The funds are technically never the business owners' to begin with. Collecting and failing to pay SALES tax intentionally is blatant fraud and stealing. The "That's what's wrong with government" argument doesn't work in this case. You may argue that the rate is too high, or spending is out of control, but once the sales tax is collected it MUST be turned over to Florida. As for uneployed, I think the spelling of the name may be part of the reason for his or her current status.
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