SALT LAKE CITY — A former stage manager for the Utah Symphony and production director at Vivint Smart Home Arena was charged Friday with 11 felonies accusing him of failing to pay taxes.
The Utah Attorney General's Office charged Jeffrey Kim Sturgis, 50, of Winter Green, Florida, with engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony; five counts of failing to render a proper tax return, a third-degree felony; and five counts of "intent to defeat the payment of a tax," a second-degree felony.
Investigators say when Sturgis was a resident of Utah, he made between $78,000 and $97,000 per year between 2011 and 2015. "Sturgis failed to file Utah income tax returns for the years 2011-2015. His tax account history shows that he has not filed since 1996," according to charging documents.
The Utah State Tax Commission said it conducted four audits on Sturgis, sent him 120 letters, filed 14 tax liens and filed seven garnishments in an effort to bring him into compliance, the charges state.Comment on this story
On Sept. 21, Sturgis allegedly told a Utah investigator that "he was aware he had not filed" any tax returns and recently hired a new CPA firm to represent him. His prior accountant, however, told investigators that he too had tried to contact Sturgis for several months without any success, according to the charges.
Sturgis is a former stage manager at Utah Symphony, former director of production at Vivint Arena, and a former lighting director for the Stray Cats and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, according to his Facebook page. Sturgis was a producer, stage manager, lighting designer and production manager for several music, theater and corporate events in Utah for 19 years, according to his website.