The former owner of a Salt Lake County security company has been ordered to pay nearly $400,000 in unpaid wages and taxes. Charles B. Snively, 38, was sentenced on April 19 after he pleaded guilty to two third-degree felony counts involving taxes.
Snively operated a security and towing firm called Salt Lake Valley Protective Agency or Salt Lake Protective Services from at least 2008 through 2010. Investigators discovered Snively kept substantial amounts of withholding taxes he had collected from employees which in some cases resulted in fraudulent tax refunds. The investigation also uncovered that many employees had not been paid.
Third District Judge Katie Bernards-Goodman ordered Snively to first pay his former employees $98,226 and then pay more than $287,000 to the Utah Tax Commission. He was also placed on probation for six years or longer until all restitution is paid. Snively was also ordered to pay some additional fines including $467 for extradition costs from his residence in Aurora, Colorado.
The case was prosecuted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office and investigated by the Utah State Tax Commission with assistance from the Utah State Labor Commission. A jail booking photo of Snively can be found below.