The owner of one of St. Petersburgs favorite concert venues, Jannus Landing, is in the Pinellas County Jail after state agents busted him on charges he didnt pay sales taxes he collected at the concert site, which has hosted shows for the likes of Katy Perry and Conor Oberst in the past year. The venue is supposed to host a free show for The Hold Steady.
The Times reports:
John C. Bodziak, the owner and president of Jannus Landing Courtyard, was arrested by state agents today on charges that he failed to pay $208,418 in sales tax from one of Tampa Bays most popular concert venues.
According to the Florida Department of Revenue, Bodziak collected sales tax from patrons of Jannus Landing at 220 First Avenue N, but didnt send the state its share over various periods from June 2004 to July 2007. Investigators say Bodziak kept more than $200,000 meant for Floridas coffers.
Cross-posted from the Daily Loaf