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Ogden bar owners plead guilty to failing to report cover charges as income

Published September 10, 2013 4:29 pm

Fraud • Other Utahns also sanctioned for participation in financial scams.
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A husband and wife who operated an Ogden bar have pleaded guilty in federal court to tax fraud charges stemming from their failure to report as income cash that came in through cover charges and pool and video games.

Robert and Marie Watson were charged with tax evasion for failing to report tens of thousands of dollars of income that came into their Teazers Sports Bar & Grill in 2007.

Robert Watson, 54, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of filing false 2007 tax returns, one corporate and one personal. Marie Watson, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false personal return.

Sentencing was set for Jan. 10. The pair face a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine and they could owe the IRS as much as $336,000.

In other cases:

• Two Salt Lake County men have been sentenced to prison for a scheme in which they obtained an $18 million loan from the Arkansas National Bank to develop a condominium project on North Temple in Salt Lake City, then used much of the money for other construction projects and for personal use while submitting false paperwork to the bank.

Gregory Lee Hansen, West Jordan, originally indicted in 2009, pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. Uriah A. Kennedy, Midvale, pleaded guilty to one charge and received the same prison sentence. They were made liable for $7 million in restitution.

• The Securities and Exchange Commission and David B. Bartholomew, Pleasant Grove, have reached a settlement of allegations of violations of federal securities laws.

Bartholomew raised investor monies in 2007 into 2008 that eventually went to Jeffrey L. Mowen, who is now serving a prison sentence for operating a Ponzi scheme.

Bartholomew of LOA Capital LLC raised $6.7 million from 50 investors by lying to potential investors and failing to conduct any research while he was not registered to sell securities, court records show.

The settlement order bars him from associating with securities businesses and promoting any offering of penny stocks.