Boaters cruise along the main canal between Dangling Rope Marina and Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell on June 21, 2013. A Utah man hired to manage 40 houseboats on Lake Powell was sentenced to jail and $ 1 million payment on a fraud case against him. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY – A Sandy man assigned to tend 40 houseboats on Lake Powell was ordered to pay boat owners more than $ 1 million in compensation and spend nine months in jail.
Jordan Blackwell Schneiman, 42, was charged in December with nine cases of trafficking in property by a trustee and engaging in a pattern of illegal activity, both second degree crimes. In July, he pleaded guilty to one of these nine charges and engaged in a pattern of illegal activity. He was sentenced last week.
The Utah attorney general’s office began against Lake Point Management LLC, a houseboat management company based in Sandy, in January 2019. Schneiman was the owner of the company.
Prosecutors say Schneiman has been hired by the owners to manage the care, maintenance, and expenses of 40 houseboats stationed in Page, Ariz., At the Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell, including annual fees, repair fees, general maintenance, and storage fees according to the charges.
“Over time, houseboat owners found that their houseboats under Schneiman’s care had amassed significant debts. Many of the houseboats owed the marina thousands of dollars in slip fees. Some houseboats had expired ship registrations, “the indictments read.
The attorney general said boat owners discovered that their houseboat bank accounts had been “emptied”.
As owners tried to regain control of the management of their houseboat accounts, “the entity’s bank accounts in many cases had zero or negative balances. “Houseboat companies have been forced to negotiate settlements with the marina and other sellers.”
Schneiman transferred houseboat owners’ money to unauthorized accounts and used some of it for personal expenses, prosecutors said.
As part of the sentence, Schneiman will serve 270 days in jail and then begin paying $ 1,056,864 to houseboat owners once he is released. He was also sentenced to two consecutive terms of one to 15 years in Utah State Prison for each charge on which he pleaded guilty. These sentences have been suspended but could be reinstated if Schneiman fails to meet the terms of his probation period, the Attorney General said.
“The successful settlement of this case is thanks to the careful work of our prosecutors,” said Robert Steed, director of the financial crime division. “Mr. Schneiman has taken advantage of these houseboat owners and created real fear and hardship for those who trusted him. We consider it a privilege to help these families achieve a measure of justice for what they have lost in these crimes.”