Two Duchesne County developers charged with refusing to pay the state more than $3.1 million in taxes have been ordered to spend a year in jail and pay restitution for the crime.
Frank "Joe" Steed, 65, and his ex-wife, Joan A. Steed, 62, were arrested in 2008 by Utah State Tax Commission agents. The two were each charged in 3rd District Court with four second-degree felony counts of tax evasion, four third-degree felony counts of failure to render a proper tax return and one second-degree felony charge of pattern of unlawful activity.
The Steeds developed a 5,000-acre subdivision in Duchesne and received $20 million between 2003 and 2006, according to charging documents. The two took actions to evade their tax obligations by dealing in large amounts of cash, holding funds in third-party names and setting up multiple businesses in which large transfers occurred without apparent business purposes, charges state.