Feds hit St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson with 86-count fraud indictment

Published: Wednesday, March 6 2013 6:20 p.m. MST

Johnson said in an interview before that court hearing that he is innocent and planned to plead guilty only to protect his friends and family.

"I told the prosecutor, 'I'll put a bullet in my head if that's what it takes. You can put as much (prison) time in there as you want, put anything in there that you want, and I'll tell the judge I did it. I'll do whatever it takes to stop you,'" Johnson said at the time.

After the plea deal collapsed, Ward, Utah's former U.S. attorney, said prosecutors would file an additional indictment and asked the judge to schedule a trial.

Johnson gained prominence in January 2010 when he flew his helicopter to Haiti the day after a massive earthquake devastated Port-Au-Prince and surrounding cities almost three years ago to the day.

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