- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal court jury returned a mixed verdict for two Utah businessmen on trial for tax evasion.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1ICbcbE ) that the jury said Friday that Lester H. Mower and Adrian A. Wilson were not guilty of the most serious charge of conspiracy to impede the workings of the IRS.

But the jury did find the men guilty of three misdemeanor counts each of failure to file income-tax returns.

The two men face as much as a year in prison on each of the three charges.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch says prosecutors are disappointed that the men weren’t found guilty of conspiracy.

But Mower’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, called the conspiracy allegations “vague” and said prosecutors didn’t have evidence.

Attorney Bret Rawson, who represented Wilson, said the businesses operated legally.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


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