A Bountiful man who pleaded guilty to forgery and theft by deception charges in a used car odometer rollback scheme was sentenced to three concurrent prison terms Tuesday in 2nd District Court.
Barry Burnham, 58, 390 E. 17th South, was charged with 36 felony counts, 12 each of theft by deception, forgery, and making a false odometer statement. Each is a second-degree felony, carrying a prison term of one to 15 years and fine of up to $10,000.In a plea negotiation with the Davis County Attorney's Office, Burnham pleaded guilty to one each of the three types of charges, with the remainder dismissed.
Judge Rodney S. Page Tuesday noted Burnham has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, with nine driving under the influence of alcohol convictions since 1964. Burnham has already been on probation numerous times, the judge noted.
Saying that Burnham needs to placed in a long-term, structured substance abuse program like the one offered at the state prison, the judge ordered Burnham to serve three concurrent one to 15 year terms.
According to prosecutors, Burnham bought cars with 60,000 to 70,000 miles on them from leasing agencies, rolled the odometers back to 25,000 to 35,000 miles, and then sold the cars to other dealers or at auctions.