A Park City man has been charged by the Summit County Attorney's office in Third District Court with trying to bribe a county employee to influence the county into allowing him to remodel his house.
According to the case file of The State of Utah vs. Scott Taylor Poston, the charges stem from an incident involving Poston and Sue Devereaux, who had been living in a home in the Hidden Cove subdivision for nearly 30 years. When the accused, Scott Taylor Poston, moved in next door, he had a survey done and learned that part of Sue Devereaux's house was built over Poston's property line.
The file states that the two discussed Devereaux paying Poston to purchase the land on which her home was built. Devereaux offered $19,000, but Poston's most recent asking price was $50,000.
During the discussions, prosecutors allege, Poston learned that Devereaux was engaged to Bill West, who was hired in May, 2013 to be a plans examiner in Summit County. Poston was also in the process of rebuilding a portion of his new home, but had been denied a building permit by the county based on a setback violation of the proposed remodel.
In November, 2013, Poston texted Devereaux indicating that he had a proposed solution to their disagreements over the asking price, the file continues. Devereaux and Poston called Poston, who suggested that if West could "make all his difficulties with Summit County [to] go away," Poston could proceed with the remodel, and then Devereaux would reduce his asking price to $25,000.
According to the suit, West explained that he did not influence with the building department, but that he would look into it. Later in November, Poston sent a text message to Devereaux asking, "Has Bill had any luck?"
A preliminary hearing was held in the Summit County Courthouse in which Poston asked for more time to hire an attorney, County Attorney David Brickey said. He is next scheduled to appear in August.
The one count of bribery to influence an official or political actions is a second-degree felony.
Efforts to reach Poston were unsuccessful.