SALT LAKE CITY — A Bountiful business owner was convicted of tax evasion and ordered to pay nearly $283,000 plus interest to the Utah State Tax Commission.
David Breitenbeker, 57, owner of DesignWerks in North Salt Lake and David’s Floral in Bountiful, was sentenced for failure to remit sales taxes collected from his customers during a 14-year span. He was given a zero-to-five-year prison sentence, which was suspended by the judge. He was also sentenced to 20 years probation for the third-degree felony.
Investigators said Breitenbeker had collected sales taxes between 1994 and 2008 for both businesses, but failed to remit all of the funds to the Tax Commission.
“This investigation documented a long pattern of Breitenbeker using state sales taxes entrusted to him by his customers to fund his businesses, intentionally disregarding his fiduciary responsibility,” said commission spokesman Charlie Roberts.
As part of a plea agreement, all charges filed against his son, Paul Breitenbeker were dismissed.