Michael Anthony Vigil, 31, North Salt Lake City, plead guilty to theft of services, failure to file withholding tax returns and attempted tax evasion.
He is scheduled for sentencing in 3rd District Court in September. Vigil owes about $57,000, plus penalties, to individual victims and in excess of $200,000 owed to State, said Charlie Roberts spokesman for the Utah State Tax Commission.
Over the course of five years Vigil failed to pay multiple individuals wages they earned as well as refused to pay withholding and other business taxes to the State of Utah, Roberts said.
Vigil was co-owner of the security guard business with Charles Snively, who earlier pleaded guilty to similar charges and was ordered to pay restitution for wages and taxes and place on probation.
“This case carried a double-whammy with it since he not only failed to pay wages earned by his employees, but he refused to pay State taxes that he withheld from those employees and other state taxes,” Roberts said.
Roberts noted that withholding taxes are used strictly for public and higher education purposes. “The Tax Commission will continue to aggressively pursue those businesses and individuals who refuse to pay their fair share to our teachers and students,” he added.
The case was investigated by the Utah State Tax Commission and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.