Report: FBI helping with state, local investigations of Utah AG

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 24, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) -- The FBI is reportedly helping with ongoing state and local investigations of Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

The Associated Press reported Friday that FBI agent Todd Palmer confirmed the bureau's ongoing role in the investigations.

Palmer would not provide the AP with further details.

Earlier this month, Swallow's attorney said he was notified by the U.S. Department of Justice, which worked in coordination with the FBI, that no charges were being brought against the attorney general.

"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 Salt Lake Tribune.

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.

Mark Shurtleff, who was attorney general before Swallow, also was cleared in the federal investigation.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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