- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - A judge has rejected a plea agreement from the owner of a water company in Yuma.

The Yuma Sun reports (https://bit.ly/23SKEvc) that Philip Kevin Clark’s guilty plea on a charge of failing to pay employment taxes was thrown out after U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton concluded the deal violated the city of Yuma’s rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.

Prosecutors had alleged Clark stole water from the city of Yuma, failed to pay taxes he collected from his employees and didn’t file corporate and individual tax returns for several years.

The City contends that Clark’s plea deal would result in the loss of the City’s right to restitution as a victim.

A June 7 trial date has been set for Clark, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Information from: The Sun, https://www.yumasun.com


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