A former Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center accounting technician is facing two counts of tax evasion for allegedly filing false state tax returns for 1986 and 1987.
The attorney general's office Monday filed the third-degree charges against Deanna K. Westwood, 50, formerly of Provo, in Provo's 4th Circuit Court. Subsequently, Judge E. Patrick McGuire issued a warrant for Westwood's arrest and set bail at $1,000.The complaint, based on an investigation by special agent Bruce Larsen, says Westwood failed to claim $62,050 in income on her 1986 state return and $106,610 on her 1987 return. While employed at the health center, Westwood's base salary was $23,406.
If convicted, Westwood faces a possible sentence of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Westwood is one of seven former Timpanogos officials who lost their jobs in May 1988 when a state audit revealed they misused more than $3.5 million in public funds from 1984 to 1988.
Three of those officials - Glen R. Brown, Carl V. Smith and Craig W. Stephens - were charged with 117 felony charges of theft and misuse of public funds. The audit said the officials paid themselves exorbitant salaries, misused telephone, credit card and traveling privileges, rented property they owned to the center at inflated rates, and awarded outside contracts to themselves.
In a plea agreement, the three pleaded guilty to five felony counts and were sentenced to four zero-to-five-year prison terms each and ordered to repay the money taken. All three have an Aug. 27 parole date.
The health center, now called Wasatch Mental Health, serves Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties.