Third District Judge Randall Skanchy gave Bowen a suspended prison sentence of 1 to 15 years, but ordered her to spend 180 days in jail, as part of a 36-month probation, with a hearing to be held later to fix an amount of restitution.
Bowen told Skanchy she regretted what had happened but she blamed Wolper for the troubles at Fox Hollow and state investigator Rex Ashdown for what she claimed was a bungled investigation.
"I am sorry for what happened," Bowen said. "I'm sorry for a lot of reasons. I'm sorry for a lot of people, but nothing I did was done in malicious way to get money from anyone. In fact it was just the opposite."
Assistant Utah Attorney General Che Arguello asked for a prison sentence "because I don't think she understands or acknowledges what she's done is wrong."
But Arguello also seemed to acknowledge that the state had been remiss in not investigating Wolper. Arguello said he wanted to sit down with a former prosecutor on the case "and ask why this guy was not charged."
Bowen's defense attorney, Christopher Bown, also pointed a finger at Wolper, saying he had engaged in the same conduct Bowen was convicted of.
"She got convicted and he's free," Bown said.
Bowen was accused of failing to tell buyers of Fox Hollow lots back in 2007 and 2008 that there was no water to the lots and they couldn't get building permits. But she and others said Wolper had misled them and that city officials had broken their own policies when they allowed the developer to plat the subdivision and start selling lots.
The case against Bowen was filed in 2009.