A local businessman has pleaded guilty to four tax-related charges in exchange for the dropping of another 29 felony counts.
James D. Bartlome, former owner and manager of the University Lincoln-Mercury Sales in Provo, pleaded guilty Friday to tax evasion and conducting a pattern of unlawful activity (racketeering), both second-degree felonies. He also pleaded guilty to misuse of public monies and failure to remit tax, both third-degree felonies.
Twenty-nine other charges were dropped following plea negotiations. Bartlome faces a maximum sentence of one to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each of the second-degree felonies and zero to five years and a $5,000 fine on each of the third-degree felonies.
Fourth District Court Judge Ray M. Harding referred the case to Adult Probation and Parole for a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for May 6. Bartlome, 51, is free on his own recognizance.
The 33 tax-related charges against Bartlome and his dealership were filed last August following a three-month investigation by the Utah County attorney's office and the State Tax Commission. He originally was charged with one count of racketeering, 13 counts of failure to remit taxes and 19 counts of misuse of public money between January 1984 and March 1987.