A businessman who last month pleaded guilty to four tax related charges has been fined $2,500 and ordered to spend three months in the Utah County Jail.
James D. Bartlome, former owner and manager of University Lincoln Mercury Sales in Provo, was sentenced to two separate terms of one to 15 years and zero to five years in the Utah State Prison. Fourth District Judge Ray M. Harding, however, suspended the sentences and placed Bartlome on probation.Probation terms included the fine and jail time, and Harding ordered the defendant to undergo mental health counseling.
Last month Bartlome pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conducting a pattern of unlawful activity, both second-degree felonies. He also pleaded guilty to misuse to public money and failure to remit taxes, both third-degree felonies.
Bartlome was sentenced on the unlawful activity and misuse of public money charges. Twenty-nine other charges were dropped following plea negotiations.
"I made a bad decision," Bartlome told Harding prior to being sentenced. "I'm sorry."
Harding ordered Bartlome to begin serving his sentence June 1, with work release only to wrap up the sale of his auto dealership to Ford Motor Co.