FTC case against Utah businessman halted

Tuesday , April 23, 2013 - 9:38 AM

INTERNET FRAUD CHARGES

FIlE -This undated file photo provided by the Davis County Jail, shows Jeremy Johnson, a Utah...

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has put a Federal Trade Commission complaint on hold against Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the judge in Las Vegas temporarily halted court proceedings in the FTC case pending the resolution of criminal charges in Utah against Johnson.

Federal prosecutors in Utah sought the emergency order. They say the FTC and criminal cases involving an overlapping set of witnesses.

Johnson is accused of using his Internet-based businesses to fraudulently bill hundreds of thousands of people in get-rich schemes by charging their credit cards without authorization. He has pleaded not guilty.

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