Washington City man faces 10 felonies for tax evasion

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WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Washington City man was arrested this week and charged with 10 felonies for alleged tax evasion.

Donn Sterling Williams, of Washington City, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 25, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Donn Sterling Williams, of Washington City, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 25, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Following an investigation by Utah State Tax Commission special agents, 52-year-old Donn Sterling Williams was charged with five second-degree felony counts of tax evasion and five third-degree felony counts of failing to render a proper tax return.

The charges stem from Williams’ alleged failure to file and pay state income taxes between 2010 and 2015, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said.

“Williams has not filed state income tax returns in successive years despite being notified on numerous occasions by the Tax Commission of this requirement,” Roberts said.

Williams’ tax deficiency is $13,039 with an additional $13,039 due in interest and penalties for a total owing of $26,794, according to an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Special Agent Greg Knight in Utah’s 3rd District Court.

“Williams admitted to me that he received tax notices in the mail at his residence but that he ‘disagreed with their wording,’” Knight wrote in the Affidavit. “Williams also admitted to me that he has never filed a tax return.”

After being booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility Tuesday, Williams was released on a $25,000 bond.

“All state income taxes collected are used for public and higher education,” Roberts said, adding, “the Tax Commission continues to aggressively investigate those who evade state income taxes.”

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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6 Comments

  • .... October 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Ha ha he got arrested for not paying taxes. . I’m glad I don’t have 2 work 4 a living

  • Brian October 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

    It’s hard to view this as justice when federal employees owe $3.5 BILLION in back taxes and aren’t being prosecuted. $9.3 million of that is from employees that work on capitol hill.

    If they want to prosecute tax evasion, maybe they should start at home.

  • Bob October 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    lol, i don’t blame him for not paying taxes when it’s gonna go to things like carousels and mini theme parks with mini ride-on trains. in one way or another the taxes support the mormon elitist power structure of utah. in utah they tax us like hardcore liberals but we don’t seem to get any of the benefit back that we might see in other states–except mini trains that cost $1 a ride, lol

    • .... October 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Aww poor little boob have your feelings been hurt because somebody built a park and you’re 2 big 2 ride the choo choo train. so now you feel left out ?

  • Be Happy October 30, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Vote and pay your taxes and you will feel better about yourself.

  • knobe December 10, 2016 at 8:04 am

    “Williams also admitted to me that he has never filed a tax return.” ?

    NEVER filed at age 52 suggests there was other criminal activity or
    he skipped out on child support many years ago & was ‘hiding’ .

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