Ex-Utah County commissioner charged with posing as LDS Church officials

Ex-politician, businessman each face four felonies

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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 27, 2016 10:16 a.m.

    To be honest---he does sort of look like an LDS Official.

  • Mike M Roy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 12:23 p.m.

    Why am I not surprised this occurred in Utah county?

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 11:22 a.m.

    He should have run for state legislator, those guys can get away with pretty much anything. And they make it all legal.

  • suchfun1 St.George, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 10:29 a.m.

    Here we go again.
    How many more of this type of tricky individual are we dealing with on a daily basis in our lives?

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 9:04 a.m.

    Hopefully, this is a lesson to all of us to make economic decisions on economic principles and not on church membership.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 8:48 a.m.

    It must have been hard for the victims to tell if he was lying...

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Feb. 23, 2016 8:47 a.m.

    Utah - the Affinity Fraud State. Maybe that can be one of the official utah license plates.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 23, 2016 8:40 a.m.

    "The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of those that matter least." (Goethe)

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 4:16 a.m.

    How sad. The project should have stood on its own merits. emb

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 11:50 p.m.

    riverofsun
    St.George, UT

    Doesn't appear that either of the alleged perps held Utah government positions.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 8:36 p.m.

    By their works ye shall know them.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 8:20 p.m.

    Scandal involving another Utah County public official? Shocking.

    Clearly, people have not yet learned from several decades of affinity fraud in this state. I was just listening to general conference talks from 1982 warning members against this type of stuff.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 5:56 p.m.

    You can't make this stuff up.

  • catseye MAGNA, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 5:30 p.m.

    Anyone who does something like this obviously doesn't take the gravity of this type of action seriously, and clearly has big problems with a lack of conscience. Pretty sad to build a life and a reputation, and then shatter it all over something like this. It makes you ask "why"? Why would you do that?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 4:44 p.m.

    Since he was commissioner from 2006 and served until 2014, that was the same time he is accused of sending three letters and one email between approximately June 2011 and December 2013 pretending to be a church official, the Presiding Bishop, no less.

    Utah County Commissioners have done some odd things in the past that get them into trouble.

  • Dale CA Sunnyvale, CA
    Feb. 22, 2016 4:36 p.m.

    Tales of Hofmann?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 4:22 p.m.

    It's getting so these businesses don't even know who they can trust. What a disgrace. These men absolutely knew better than what they were trying to pull off. The worst penalty will be on the other side when they meet with the Lord. I would not want to be in their shoes. And to falsify information involving Church leaders. Oh boy...they are certainly going to get theirs and they certainly earned it.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Feb. 22, 2016 4:09 p.m.

    @third try screen name
    I must take offense-out here away from Utah we run at the first mention that a church GA supports some private business project.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 22, 2016 3:56 p.m.

    @NT
    SomewhereIn, UT

    If found guilty, lock 'em up!!!
    12:31 p.m. Feb. 22, 2016

    ========

    Funny --
    No mention of ex-communication...

  • md Cache, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 3:41 p.m.

    @Say No to BO
    Great response!

    Please people. Don't trust people with your money, just because they say they are affiliated with the church. These fraudsters are a dime a dozen.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 2:24 p.m.

    @Thats what I thought
    There was a Guy once who died and actually came back. I take His word for it.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 2:22 p.m.

    A little too close to HQ to pretend to be a general authority, don't you think?
    MAYBE you could get away with it in Alabama or Ohio...but Utah County? The GA probably has 50 cousins who know his voice. And when you are running the office of the presiding bishop all the bankers and businessmen know you.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 2:21 p.m.

    Everyone is faced with choices in their life and those choices ultimately define us for better or worse. In this case WORSE. Feel bad for the mans wife and kids to have a dishonest husband/dad who now faces prison. Feel bad for those who were frauded.

  • Thats what I thought South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 2:10 p.m.

    @MaxPower- this isn't affinity fraud.
    @Ranch- Seeing that neither you or Say No to BO have experienced death, his statement is just as likely to be true as yours is.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Feb. 22, 2016 2:04 p.m.

    Remember Ananias and Sapphira.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:45 p.m.

    Wow. What is this, like , the 3rd "Utah Businessman of The Year" in recent years being charged with fraud?
    Not to mention 2 AG's. What's in the water in Utah?

  • Proud Ute ,
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:44 p.m.

    I'm only surprised that this would come as a shock to anybody who's lived in Utah longer than 10 minutes.

  • Papa Lee Utah, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:43 p.m.

    Why must people immediately jump on an issue with only information from a brief news article. Haven't heard from the accused! Haven't had trial! No verdict yet! But let's pile on. Maybe we ought to see more of the facts. iMaybe waiting until ALL THE FACTS come out. Maybe wait until a verdict is issued. Maybe the accused are innocent! Maybe, maybe, maybe. I think I'll wait and see.

  • Terminator Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:38 p.m.

    MaxPoeer...how long have you lived in Utah? Religion and business deals are ver lucrative here.

  • Rationaldeas st. george, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:24 p.m.

    @riverofsun, "As Utah continues to shout out about having the most honest state government in the nation."

    1- If you'd read the article, you'd see this guy is a former county commissioner, not a member of State government.

    2-This is an individual who happened to be a former government official who is accused of engaging in criminal conduct. There is no accusation of government corruption here.

    3-One way to reduce and prevent fraud in government is to investigate, prosecute, and punish what fraud there is, rather than sweeping it under the rug or deciding that it is ok because it was someone on your team rather than someone on the other team who did it.

    Mature men understand the difference between actual fraud, and simply being part of a political minority that doesn't get your way every time.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:08 p.m.

    This is not affinity fraud. It is identity fraud and not very skillful at that. (what) Where they thinking?

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 1:08 p.m.

    @Say No to BO;

    Other than there being no afterlife, your comment was humerous.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 12:59 p.m.

    Impersonating a general authority? Not only will you go to jail but your afterlife will be problematic as well.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 12:50 p.m.

    Never seen a better example of not judging a book by its cover.

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 12:45 p.m.

    As Utah continues to shout out about having the most honest state government in the nation.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 12:31 p.m.

    If found guilty, lock 'em up!!!

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 12:29 p.m.

    Affinity fraud makes me want to vomit. It is utterly disgusting to use religion as a means to make money.