A Layton screenprinter is accused of bilking customers out of more than $72,000 by taking deposits on clothing orders and never providing the printed items.
In charges filed Tuesday, investigators wrote that the man, 39, approached various businesses from 2009 to 2012 and claimed his company, Image Wear Utah, was offering products at a discount because a large cancelled order left him with extra inventory.
The man asked for a 50 percent deposit, but did not provide the printed clothing. As deadlines for delivery passed and customers asked where their orders were, the man made various excuses for the delay, investigators wrote. He told customers that his computer had a virus, his child was ill, his wife had a baby with complications, a graphic designer was working on a proof, a friend died, his wife was leaving him, he had to go to the dentist, and other explanations. He then promised delivery within days but never made the deliveries or sent refunds.