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Report: Feds clear Utah AG, Shurtleff

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 13, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) -- A federal investigation into embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow has wrapped up, with no charges being brought against the state's top lawyer.

Swallow's attorney, Rod Snow, told the Salt Lake Tribune he was notified by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has been working in coordination with the FBI, Thursday morning.

"Certainly it's good news, and frankly it's something I expected to happen, because I uniquely know what I did and didn't do and, as I've said all along, I didn't do the things that were alleged against me, which caused this whole storm to break," Swallow, himself, told the newspaper.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah confirmed in January that Swallow was being investigated, in coordination with the DOJ and FBI, for allegations that he helped make a federal investigation into a St. George businessman go away.

Jeremy Johnson is accused of running a multi-million-dollar fraudulent software scheme in which he billed hundreds of thousands of consumers for products they never ordered.

He alleged that Swallow arranged a deal to pay U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to stop a Federal Trade Commission investigation into his business.

Swallow, a Republican, has been accused of other ethics and election law violations and still is being investigated by the state House of Representatives, the Utah Bar Association, the Lieutenant Governor's Office and the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

According to the Tribune, the justice department also has cleared Mark Shurtleff, who was attorney general before Swallow.

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