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A man and woman from Cedar Hills were arrested after a months long dispute carried out in both Federal and Local courts. The couple had illegally re- entered the home and lived there for many months after it was sold by the Federal government because of unpaid federal taxes.

*** PRESSRELEASE September 25, 2020 ***

On September 24, 2020 Deputies and Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office executed an eviction ordered by the 4thDistrict Court of Utah at a home in Cedar Hills.  The subjects of that order, Paul Kenneth Cromar (Goes by middle name), 61,  and Barbara Ann Cromar, 57, Cedar Hills, were both arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of burglary of a dwelling, a second degree felony, and unlawful appropriation, a third degree felony.

The eviction in this case came as the result of a complaint filed by the United States of America in November 2017, alleging the Cromar’s had not filed their federal income taxes from 1999 through 2005. The Cromar’s never filed an answer to the Complaint. Instead, they filed numerous motions in the United States District Court and in appeal to the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging subject matter jurisdiction, the Government’s constitutional authority to impose income taxes, and their due process rights were violated. The courts denied each of those motions.

According to the IRS and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Cromar’s owed more than $1 million in taxes after failing to file tax returns for several years from 1999-2005.  Ultimately courts ordered that the Cromar’s be evicted from their Cedar Hills home, the home be sold, and the locks be changed. In 2019, the US Marshals Office evicted the Cromar’sfrom the home. Sometime after the home was sold at auction, the locks were changed.  The Cromar’s then illegally reentered the home in Cedar Hills and continued to live there.  This latest action by the Cromar’s constituted violations of Utah Law.  This latest eviction order is from a Fourth District Court Judge and the charges on the warrant stem from the Cromar’s illegal entry of their former home.  Bail for Paul “Kenneth” Cromar has been set at $15,020.00.  Bail for Barbara Cromar has been set at $5,000.00.  As of 9:00 on9/25/20 they remain in jail.

There was a large law enforcement presence at the time this latest eviction order was served.  This presence stemmed from statements the Cromar’s had made that they would not leave the home. Additionally, the Cromar’s have aligned themselves with people who support their effort to oppose lawful court orders and to get their former home back.  These people also support the Cromar’s in their illegal occupation of their former home. At least one supporter had said he was willing to lay down his life in defense of the Cromar’s home against the government. The Cromar’s and these supporters are also known to carry firearms and many of them were at the home in Cedar Hills at the time of this eviction and were carrying rifles and handguns.  Upon service of the eviction order, the home was found to have been fortified with sandbags and weapons in preparation to defeat the eviction order. The eviction order was ultimately served and the home secured without further incident. 

And while there were many armed supporters of the Cromar’seither in the home or in the area as this incident played out, and several of them were very vocal in their support of the Cromar’s, all but one of them were compliant with direction from law enforcement.  Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office and Officers from multiple agencies, including American Fork Police, Lone Peak Police, and Pleasant Grove Police, assisted with cordoning off access to the area of the home in question.  As law enforcement held security in and around the home, several officers encountered one man, Tyson Neil Holyoak, 36, Eagle Mountain, trying to sneak into the Cromar’s former home.  When he was interviewed later he told Deputies he was contacted by someone inside the home asking him to respond to the home. Holyoak knew access to the home was restricted.  He told Deputies he parked two blocks from the home, went through the yard of a neighboring home, then climbed over a fence and into the yard of the Cromar’s former home.  Officers in the area then saw him and took him into custody.  Holyoakwas booked into jail on class A misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and interference with arresting officer.  Holyoak posted bail on those charges shortly after 5:00 AM this morning.

For questions regarding Federal government action taken against the Cromar's over the past couple of years contact the US Attorney's office.  For other questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell (Best)

(801)851-4333 - Office

Twitter:  @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO

Email:  jamesc@utahcounty.gov