Trial date set in Jeremy Johnson fraud case

Tuesday , August 05, 2014 - 5:52 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah businessman at the center of a scandal that led to the arrest of two former state attorneys general is headed to trial on fraud charges.

Jeremy Johnson is accused in a $350 million scheme that billed people for products they never ordered. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1oan51l) that Johnson contends his business practices were consistent with industry standards.

County prosecutors say former top lawmen John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff accepted gifts from Johnson, including use of his private jet and luxury houseboat. Johnson’s public allegations against the pair touched off the scandal that led to their arrest last month.

Johnson and four colleagues are scheduled for a monthlong jury trial in March on 86 criminal counts. They have pleaded not guilty in the three-year-old case.

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