Jay C. Whitney, 79, entered a plea agreement for issuing a bad check, a third degree felony on Nov. 18, in Third District Court. His plea is being held in abeyance for 36 months with several conditions.
Whitney filed a fraudulent return in 2012 in an attempt to obtain a tax refund, said Charlie Roberts, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman. Earlier he issued a check to the State from another person on a closed account.
The original counts included filing a false/fraudulent return, attempting theft by deception and issuing bad checks.
As part of the plea, Whitney has agreed to make monthly payments with interest to return $7,410 he received for filing a false income tax return with the State.
“Our criminal investigators were able to investigate this case and obtain the guilty plea after his attempt to defraud Utah taxpayers,” Roberts said.
The investigation, conducted by the criminal investigation unit of the Tax Commission, was prosecuted by the Utah Attorney General's Office.