Illinois Man Booked in Utah Jail for Fugitive from Justice Warrant

An Illinois man who was wanted for sexual crimes against a child was booked into a Utah jail for a fugitive from justice warrant.

Utah does not harbor Fugitives

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38 year old Ivan Faunce who was reported to be a violent criminal wanted for sexual crimes against a child, was arrested Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshals. Faunce had allegedly been living on a farm in a motor home, possibly for several weeks as he had been evading U.S. Marshals. Faunce initially refused to leave the motor home, threatening to shoot himself with a pistol on his possession. Faunce finally relented, and was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Fugitive from justice warrant

Utah Code 77-30-13 states regarding a fugitive from justice warrant: “ Whenever any person within this state shall be charged on the oath of any credible person before any judge or magistrate of this state with the commission of any crime in any other state, and, except in cases arising under Section 77-30-6 that he has fled from justice, or with having been convicted of a crime in that state and having escaped from confinement, or having broken the terms of his bail, probation or parole, ( . . . )the judge or magistrate shall issue a warrant directed to any peace officer commanding him to apprehend the person named therein, wherever he may be found in this state, and to bring him before the same or any judge, magistrate or court who or which may be available in or convenient of access to the place where the arrest may be made, to answer the charge or complaint and affidavit, and a certified copy of the sworn charge or complaint and affidavit upon which the warrant is issued shall be attached to the warrant.”

Criminal Penalties if you flee

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Photo by: Norman

By choosing to flee, Faunce only temporarily held off facing the criminal charges from his offenses back in Illinois, and now he also has two third degree felonies in Utah-both fugitive from justice warrants. Additionally, he will not have the option of getting bailed out of jail as bond is only set for those not considered a flight risk. He has already proven that he cannot be trusted to stay in town. Running rarely ends up well for those facing criminal charges. A fugitive from justice warrant never expires which means those running will be running for the rest of their lives or until they are caught, whichever comes first. For more information on handling criminal charges responsibly, contact a criminal defense attorney.

Estranged Ex-Husband Facing Six Counts of Vehicle Arson in Utah

An estranged ex-husband, who allegedly lit his former wife’s car on fire along with multiple others throughout Iron County Utah, is facing a total of six counts of vehicle arson.

Not the right way to get her attention

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Photo by: Billie Grace Ward

23 year old Issac Wall of Beaver Utah was arrested for multiple counts of vehicle arson after witnesses described a man fitting his description fleeing the scene of the first vehicle was torched. The person living at that Cedar City home just so happened to be Wall’s ex-wife.

Covering his tracks

In what some are describing as a failed attempt to cover his tracks, Wall left his ex-wife’s car on flames and then went to three random locations throughout the area and ignited an additional five vehicles on fire. Four of the vehicles ended up being a complete loss while the other two had minor damage.

Vehicle arson

Vehicle Arson

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Utah Code 76-6-102 states “A person is guilty of arson if, under circumstances not amounting to aggravated arson [where a home or habited vehicle or building is involved], the person by means of fire or explosives unlawfully and intentionally damages:

a) Any property with intention of defrauding an insurer; or
b) The property of another.”

Six second degree felonies

The charges for arson depend on the value of the property damaged and whether or not anyone was, or could have been hurt. Fortunately, no one was injured in the any of the instances of vehicle arson that Wall was supposedly responsible for. Yet due to the extensive damage and value of the automobiles involved in the vehicle arson, Wall is facing six second degree felonies; each with a possible prison sentence of one to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Divorce counseling

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Photo by: Joe Houghton

While numerous married couples will attempt counseling at a way of reconciling their relationship, rarely is counseling ever suggested for divorced couples unless children are involved. Divorce therapists and counseling centers are available however, and are often free through religious affiliations or covered by many health insurance companies. For those struggling with the aftermath of a divorce, it is recommended to speak to someone to sort out any lingering issues. For those who have made poor choices following a divorce, such as Issac Wall and his six counts of vehicle arson, it is imperative to seek a criminal defense attorney immediately.

Communications Fraud and Theft from a Utah School District

A southern Utah man was placed being bars Friday for communications fraud as well as theft after he installed audio and video equipment for a school district that was inferior to what they had purchased.

Not what they ordered

Communications Fraud

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An investigation into Dustin Taylor, a former manager of a St. George company that sells audio and video systems began last year after the Washington County School District as well as a local theater company discovered that although they had ordered high quality equipment for their facilities, what ended up being installed was far lower value. Police discovered Taylor had been running his own business on the side and had allegedly taken the better equipment before installing it for a job contract through his side business. Taylor was arrested for communications fraud as well as multiple charges of theft.

Communications fraud

Utah Code 76-10-1801 states “Any person who has devised any scheme or artifice to defraud another or to obtain from another money, property, or anything of value by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises, or material omissions, and who communicates directly or indirectly with any person by any means for the purpose of executing or concealing the scheme or artifice is guilty of:

a) A class B misdemeanor when the value of the property ( . . . ) is less than $500;

b) A class A misdemeanor when the value ( . . . ) is [between $500 and $1,500];

c) A third degree felony when the value ( . . . ) is [between $1,500 and $5,000];

d) A second degree felony when the value of the property ( . . . ) exceeds $5,000.

The monetary loss of the customers who were defrauded by Taylor was estimated to be around $34,000.

Theft by deception

Not only did Taylor deceive customers by installing inferior equipment, but he took the high quality equipment from the company he was working for to install elsewhere without their knowledge. As Utah Code 76-6-405 states, he “obtain[ed] or exercise[d] control over property of another person: by deception; and with a purpose to deprive the other person of property.” The charges for theft by deception depend on the value of the item stolen and are identical to the charges by value for communications fraud. In Taylor’s case, the value of the audio and video equipment that Taylor had appropriated and resold or had in his possession was estimated to be as high as $89,000. This resulted in multiple theft charges; each being another second degree felony. Each second degree felony charge for communications fraud and theft is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Reduced sentencing for first-time offender

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Photo by: Mark Strozier

It is unknown whether Taylor intentionally concocted a plan to deceive the school district and other companies or if an opportunity to make more money fell into his lap and he thought no one would be the wiser. Either way, what he did was against the law and he risked spending nearly a lifetime in jail, especially if his sentences were to be run consecutively. Fortunately, Taylor had a clean record and was an outstanding citizen prior to his theft and communications fraud charges. This was likely his saving grace.

What a deal

As part of a plea deal that reduced his charges to third degree felonies, Taylor was sentenced for up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 for communications fraud and five years each for multiple theft charges as well. The judge also ordered these to be run consecutively. Following this sentencing, the judge changed the sentencing to a single term of a five months and then even further reduced the prison term to 60 days for the 39 year old father of four. After his two months in jail which began Friday, Taylor is ordered to be on probation for three years and offer 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to write letters of apology to the customers he victimized. For multiple second degree felonies to end in a single two month prison sentence is incredible. The probable explanation for the judge’s mercy, beyond the obvious help of an experienced defense attorney, is likely due to Taylor’s lack of a criminal record prior to the communication fraud and theft charges. For anyone facing charges that seem too immense to handle, don’t lose hope until discussing what a criminal defense attorney can do for you.