Vernal realtor charged with forging inspections

SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s most successful real estate brokers has been charged with forging federal housing inspection records.

KSL-TV ( reports 30-year-old Kyle David Ashworth of Vernal was charged Thursday in 8th District Court with 31 counts of forgery and 20 counts of communications fraud. He also charged with engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity.

Ashworth has been the public face the past year for the development of the Vernal Town Center, a 26-acre retail project being built by the same firm behind The Gateway in Salt Lake City. Last year, he was named Coldwell Banker’s top sales agent for all its affiliate offices in Utah.

Investigators say Ashworth falsified termite inspection records from February 2011 to September 2012. They say all of those violations involved residential inspections.

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