Utah woman who failed to pay taxes for more than a decade sentenced

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UPDATE: An American Fork woman who failed to pay Utah State income taxes for over ten years was sentenced on Monday. 

Michelle Anne Wendel was ordered to pay $34,755 in restitution and was placed on five years probation by Judge Vernice Trease in Third District Court.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Police arrested an American Fork woman Friday on 10 felony tax counts for refusing to pay Utah state income taxes since 2004.

Michelle Anne Wendel was arrested and booked into Salt Lake County jail. The felony counts include five second-degree counts of tax evasion and five third-degree counts of failure to file a proper tax return.

According to the Utah State Tax Commission, Wendel has a current balance of nearly $30,000 in back taxes. 

Wendel earned more $82,000 annually during a five-year period as a human resource director for a payroll and benefits company in northern Utah County.

The Tax Commission claims Wendel was responsible for payroll garnishments for her company and did not comply with orders to have her own wages garnished.

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