The Utah County sheriff's office will try to recoup some of the cost of a search for a Roy man it conducted on Utah Lake last May.
The sheriff's office spent about three weeks searching for Carlos Trevizo after a deputy found Trevizo's abandoned truck and trailer at the American Fork Boat Harbor on May 12. Searchers located Trevizo's boat washed up on the west side of Utah Lake but found no signs of the missing man.The sheriff's office eventually gave up the search and listed Trevizo as missing. As it turned out, Trevizo wasn't in the lake.
He returned home in mid-July but has no recollection of what happened to him or where he was during the two-month period, according to family members.
At the time he disappeared, Trevizo had been charged with four counts of theft by receiving stolen property and four counts of altering an identification or serial number, both second-degree felonies, in 3rd Circuit Court in West Valley City. The charges, which are still pending, stemmed from an investigation of a wrecking yard Trevizo operated.
Utah County Sheriff Dave Bateman told the County Commission his office doesn't usually charge for search efforts, but "when you have someone that appears to have set forth a fraud, the circumstances are different." The commission approved Bateman's request to bill Trevizo for $7,830.
the amount the county paid to hire boats, planes and helicopters to search Utah Lake.
"We want to put out the message to the public that we're here to help but don't abuse the system," said Utah County Commissioner Richard Johnson.