Dentist busted for tax evasion

- SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC4 News) - There will be no more teeth pulling, at least for the next five years, for a Salt Lake County dentist who has been busted for tax evasion.

Benjamin Lee Gilsptrap has been ordered to serve time after a Third District Court Judge learned he has done nothing to pay $242,237 in back taxes and restitution.

Gilstrap was originally charged with six third-degree felony counts of tax evasion in 2010. As part of a plea bargain in 2011, he pleaded guilty to two third-degree felony counts of tax evasion and attempted tax evasion and agreed to pay full restitution.

The charges address a five-year period but investigators also found Gilstrap failed to file lawful tax returns or comply with the law as far back as Tax Commission records are kept.

The South Jordan resident was ordered to 50 days of home confinement and six years of probation September 19th. This was the result of not paying taxes on his dental practice between 2003 and 2007. The Utah Tax Commission determined Gilstrap earned nearly $1.5 million during that time span.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said, "Ultimately incarceration is the only place left for someone who has been given every opportunity possible to pay his fair share of taxes and then continues to flaunt the law and every court order."

----------Information provided by Utah Attorney General's Office

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