Two Utahns have been in federal court to face charges of tax evasion.
John E. Worthen, a Utah businessman was sentenced to 33 months in prison and a $3,000 fine for one count of attempted tax evasion, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah said Wednesday.The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah also said that Everett V. Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of attempted income tax evasion for 1994.
In addition to the fine and prison time, U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins ordered Worthen to a period of 36 months of supervised release after he serves his prison time and ordered him to pay the back taxes.
During his supervised release Worthen will not be allowed to be an officer or exercise substantial control over any company and he may only buy or sell stock in his own name.
Worthen pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 1997, to not paying taxes on an estimated $88,000 income he received in 1990 when companies he exercised substantial control over paid personal expenditures to him. Worthen had also reportedly told his probation officer that he'd received approximately $57,000 in income that year.
Worthen tried to withdraw his plea three months later, but Jenkins denied that motion.
Johnson, according to an indictment, failed to file a tax return from 1992 to 1994. He allegedly received more than $265,000 for the three years and owed more than $75,000 in taxes.
Documents also say that Johnson gave his employer a false Social Security number and caused federal income taxes not to be withheld from this paychecks.
He faces up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 18.