SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) - Utah Attorney General John Swallow announced a $400,000 court order last week against a Salt Lake City-based security company and its owner after they allegedly failed to pay back wages and taxes.
Between 2008 and 2010, Charles Snively operated a security and towing firm called Salt Lake Valley Protective Agency, which also did business as Salt Lake Protective Services. Snively allegedly kept significant amounts of withholding tax he collected from employees, resulting in fraudulent tax returns. Snively also allegedly failed to pay many of his employees.
On April 19, Snively was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to two third-degree felony counts related to taxes.
Third District Judge Katie Bernards-Goodman ordered Snively to pay more than $287,000 to the Utah Tax Commission and $98,226 to his former employees. Snively was placed on probation for six years or longer until all the restitution has been paid. Snively must also pay additional fines, including $467 in extradition costs from his Aurora, Colo.-based residence.
Swallow's office prosecuted the case after an inquiry by the Utah State Tax Commission with help from the Utah State Labor Commission.