LOGAN — A 33-year-old Logan man, who stole more than $28,000 from 14 families and 7 businesses, has been ordered to pay back every victim or go to prison for up to 25 years. Jose M. Trevino was arrested and charged with collecting money to do roofing jobs but never completed the work.
Trevino appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts of theft by deception, forgery, communications fraud, operating without a license, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and other charges.
Judge Thomas Willmore noted there were 23 cases filed against Trevino. He said, “I’ve been a judge for 20 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cases filed against a single man.”
Trevino was arrested in May after scamming the victims out of their money. He would agree to do construction projects on the victim’s homes or businesses. Then after collecting their payments, he did not finish the work and did not return calls when people started trying to track him down.
During Monday’s sentencing, Trevino’s attorney asked the court to send the defendant to the Northern Utah Correctional Center (NUCC), which provides substance abuse treatment. Scott Wilding said, “I think my client finally gets it, that alcohol and drug use don’t pay.”
Trevino expressed remorse for what he had done, not only to the victims but to his wife and six children, who became homeless after he was arrested. He told the court he wanted to do everything he could to pay back the victims.
State attorney Aaron Josie said he was fine with Trevino be ordered to go to NUCC as long as the victims are fully repaid. He suggested that if he doesn’t, the court send him to prison.
Judge Willmore gave Trevino the maximum sentences for each of the charges and ordered him not to work in the construction industry. The sentences were stayed, meaning he can avoid prison if he completes the treatment program and pays back the full restitution. Three of the sentences were ordered to run consecutively though which will send him to prison for up to 25-years if he doesn’t comply.