Ex-Washington City planning commissioner pleads guilty, sentenced for tax evasion

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ST. GEORGE — A former Washington City planning commissioner pleaded guilty Monday to attempted failure to file a state tax return.

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, 54, was ordered by the court to pay the state $20,000 in restitution – $14,844 with his plea and an additional $5,156 during his three-year probation, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said Friday.

“Williams was also ordered to complete 50 hours of community service,” Roberts said. “In addition, the judge ordered him to timely file state and federal tax returns.”

The case was investigated by agents of the Tax Commission’s Criminal Investigation Unit and prosecuted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Williams was initially charged in 2016 with five second-degree felony counts of tax evasion and five third-degree felony counts of failing to render a proper tax return. As part of his plea agreement, the charges were reduced to a single class A misdemeanor.

The charges stem from Williams’ failure to file and pay state income taxes between 2010 and 2015 despite receiving numerous notifications from the Tax Commission, Roberts previously said.

Williams’ tax deficiency was $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.”

Read more: Washington City man faces 10 felonies for tax evasion

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  • tcrider January 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    this is just his state taxes, I would hate to see whats going on
    with the federal taxes, this sounds like plastic spoon
    version of dungle trump.

  • PlanetU January 26, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    NEVER filed a tax return, “disagreed with the wording.” What a hoot! Gosh, he thinks he’s pretty special.

  • 12345 January 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Ha Ha

  • wresident February 2, 2018 at 9:09 am

    The larger question here is why are citizens who are not paying taxes allowed to run for public office? Why is there not a process to vet the individuals before their names are put up for vote? How many other public officials are receiving a tax funded salary, and are not contributing to the system?

  • 12345 February 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    More than you will ever know

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