Former Provo City Councilman Steve Turley has gone through a tumultuous decade. In 2011, he was charged with 10 counts of felony while facing accusations of stealing money and property from people from August 2006 to September of 2009. Turley says the charges ultimately damaged his political career, business dealings and ruined his reputation. All of the charges have since been dropped. But the damage has been done. Now Turley is going after the Utah County Attorney’s Office. He has filed a lawsuit accusing the office of malicious prosecution.
“This has been a lot of hell,” Turley said during a press conference in February 2015. “And yet we’re here today, proud to have the judge confirm what we’ve always known, that there were no criminal activity on my part.”
The press conference took place after the last of the 10 charges were dropped. But now nearly two years later, Turley is taking action. According to Turley, the original felony charges stemmed from accusations made by political opponents. Turley also alleges the Utah County Attorney’s Office violated his constitutional rights by recording confidential conversations and encouraging alleged victims file charges against him. He is also seeking the recovery of legal fees after a four-year battle in and out of court. No court date has yet been set for Turley’s civil trial.
The Consequences of White Collar Crime Allegations
One of the common myths of the legal justice system is that people charged with white collar crimes receive lesser penalties. This is simply not true. In many cases, these charges can bring lifelong damages that can ruin careers and can land a person behind bars for many years. One of the obstacles white collar crime suspects must face is battling the court of public opinion. In fact, Utah is the first state to have a white collar crime registry. The registry was approved by the State Legislature in 2015. According to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, it was created with the intent to protect consumers against fraud.
However, when a person or business has been accused of white collar crime, it can be extremely damaging. Among the most high-profiled white collar cases involve ponzi schemes. The most famous involved Bernie Madoff, who scammed his clients out of nearly $50 million. In Utah, many religious groups, particularly the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, have been victimized by people pretending to accept donations on their behalf. The FBI even named Utah as one of the top five “ponzi scheme hotspots in the country”.
In addition to the possibility of serving significant jail time, those accused of white collar crimes can have their reputation permanently ruined. Even a person who is cleared of white collar crime in Salt Lake City can have a difficult time removing that stain from their record.
A Salt Lake City White Collar Crime Attorney Can Help
An arrest for a white collar crime can have devastating effects for so many people. It affects the suspect, their families and even their employees and business associates. It is important to fight these charges as quickly and aggressively as possible. Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney David Paul White understands the serious nature of these charges. For more than 25 years, he has successfully represented countless men and women by protecting their rights and always looking out for their best interests. To learn more on how he can help, contact the Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates and schedule a consultation to discuss your case today.