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Kaysville woman arrested, charged with pocketing others' tax refunds

A Kaysville woman who already faces fraud and theft charges is now accused of taking tax return money from friends and family.

A Kaysville woman who already faces fraud and theft charges is now accused of taking tax return money from friends and family. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)



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FARMINGTON — A Kaysville woman already facing fraud and theft charges is now being accused of taking tax return money from family and friends and telling a witness that he owed her money.

Trina Marie Semon, 39, was booked into the Davis County Jail on May 10 and was charged Friday with communications fraud, a second-degree felony, and two counts of tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony.

Semon also faces similar fraud charges from July 2019, including six counts of theft by deception, five being third-degree felonies and one being a class A misdemeanor; and communications fraud, a third-degree felony. A separate case was filed a month later, as Semon was charged in August 2019 with one count of theft by deception, a third-degree felony.

The new charging documents say that between February 2014 and April 2017, Semon made as many as 13 transactions where victims' tax returns were deposited into her accounts, with the dollar amount totaling over $50,000.

Police, who had yet to hear from some victims, say they were told by two potential victims that Semon contacted them to help her get out of jail back in January 2019. Semon told the two that "the claims against her were all made because she had had an affair with one of those victims and he then brought a fraud charge against her," charging documents say.

Semon then allegedly asked to use the person's cellphone, as she thought police were monitoring her phone. Away from the two potential victims, Semon called another person from out of state and told them to "not answer any more calls from law enforcement and that because she was out of state they would not be able to do anything," charging documents say.

On May 2, police interviewed another potential victim after investigators noticed money from his tax refund ended up in Semon's account. The man said he did not authorize Semon to take money from his refund, and he was surprised to learn that she did, according to charging documents. Police described the man and Semon as friends, adding he didn't want to get her into trouble.

However, the man changed his story and told police on May 10 that he "had forgotten that he had owed Semon some money and she was allowed to take his tax refund," charging documents say. He added that his ex-girlfriend could confirm this, and the man later told police that Semon called after the May 2 interview to "remind" him that he owed her money for medical bills.

Police later called the ex-girlfriend, who at first "recited a rehearsed statement about the potential victim's owing money for a 2013 or (2014) medical bill," even though the tax return was from 2016-17, charging documents say. The ex-girlfriend later told police she knew nothing of the man borrowing money, and that the man had told her to tell the story about the ordeal.

In the two other felony fraud cases Semon faces in Davis County, she is accused of offering to file taxes for friends and family, only to turn around and take the money issued in the returns.

Charging documents from 2019 allege that Semon would file tax returns on behalf of others and tell them it was for free, then have the IRS deposit portions of the returns into bank accounts without the victims' knowledge.

Semon allegedly did this to one victim in 2017 and 2018 and is accused of stealing over $6,400 over those two years. She tried to do this again in 2019 and send $2,500 to herself, though the IRS ended up sending the check to the victim "which brought this entire scheme to light," charging documents state.

The same charges allege that Semon took over $12,000 from another victim after filing tax returns from 2015 through 2017, and again in 2019.

In the other 2019 case, charges say Semon stole from a relative in Davis County after helping the relative with her 2018 return. She allegedly told the relative that the IRS would send the relative the return check and that she should not cash it. When she and the relative met up later, Semon took the check from the relative, warning that if the relative were to cash the check "she would be audited the following year," according to charges. Semon then allegedly cashed the check herself.

Semon's most recent charging documents describe her as " a substantial risk of danger to the integrity of the case based on obstructing justice by trying to tamper with witnesses." Prosecutors also say there are two other potential victims who are now not speaking with police.

Court records show that Semon is being held in jail without bail.

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Jacob Scholl joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. He covers northern Utah communities, federal courts and technology.

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