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Tax preparation schemes net Kaysville woman six prison sentences

By Mark Shenefelt - | Sep 29, 2022

Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

The 2nd District courthouse in Farmington is pictured on Monday, Nov. 1. 2021.

FARMINGTON — A judge has sentenced a Kaysville woman to six suspended prison terms related to tax preparation scams and ordered her to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to the victims.

Trina Semon, 39, agreed to a plea bargain combining three cases in which Davis County prosecutors alleged she stole more than $50,000 from more than a dozen people, mostly friends and relatives, from 2014 through 2019. Charging documents said she offered to do their taxes for them at no charge, but she then diverted some of the refund amounts to her own bank account. She also admitted to tampering with a witness this year as the investigations neared a conclusion.

Appearing before 2nd District Judge Rita Cornish on Sept. 19, Semon was sentenced on four counts of theft by deception and single counts of attempted communications fraud and tampering with a witness, all third-degree felonies.

Cornish sentenced Semon to zero to five years in prison on each of the six charges and suspended the sentences. She gave her credit for 72 days spent in jail and ordered her to serve three years of probation and pay full restitution to the victims.

In the plea bargain, prosecutors had dropped six other charges and agreed not to seek prison terms or additional jail time.

The judge also ordered Semon to submit to a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment and to complete a cognitive behavioral course.

In July, before the plea bargain, Semon wrote a lengthy letter to Cornish seeking leniency and release from custody due to medical problems. She said her actions were “far less” than what prosecutors were alleging. “I am not a revolving door to the criminal justice system,” she said.

Semon also wrote about a woman she said had made “false allegations” against her in the cases.

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