The arraignment of a local car dealership owner facing numerous tax-related charges has been postponed for two weeks.
James D. Bartlome and his dealership, University Lincoln-Mercury Sales, were charged with 33 felony counts last August. Charges include misuse of public funds, failure to remit tax and racketeering.Bartlome was to be arraigned last week in 4th District Court, but arraignment was rescheduled for April 8. Earlier this month the defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing during an appearance in Provo's 8th Circuit Court.
Charges against Bartlome were filed following a three-month investigation by the Utah County attorney's office and the State Tax Commission. He is accused of one count of racketeering, 13 counts of failure to remit taxes and 19 counts of misuse of public money between January 1984 and March 1987.