Charges filed against 'fixer' in ongoing investigation of Shurtleff, Swallow
While on probation as part of the deal in 2009, Jenson paid Lawson $120,000 to gain access to Shurtleff and to influence potential witnesses or victim on Jenson's behalf, according to court documents. The charges state that Lawson failed to disclose the income or pay taxes on it.
Also at that time, Lawson arranged trips for Shurtleff and Swallow, who had yet to join the attorney's general's office, to the posh Pelican Hill Resort in Southern California where Jenson lived. Jenson paid for lodging as well as massages, golf, food and clothing. Jenson had not paid the $4.1 million court-ordered restitution at the time, and he ultimately failed to do so. He is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.
During one of those trips, Shurtleff told Jenson to give businessman Darl McBride $2 million to get McBride to take down a website attacking another prominent businessman, Mark Robbins, with whom McBride had an ongoing battle over a business deal gone bad, according to court documents.
Lawson allegedly told McBride that he would be sitting in jail for a long time because Shurtleff had "things" on him. He also said that he had guns and "Polynesian friends" who liked to "bust people up," according to court documents.
During a meeting with McBride at a Mimi's Cafe, Shurtleff acknowledged that Lawson used his name and told people that he represented the attorney general, court documents say. Shurtleff also explained that Lawson introduced him to people who became campaign contributors.
"During the conversation, Shurtleff acknowledged that Robbins was doing a 'Ponzi' scheme, but he wanted McBride to back off anyway," according to court documents.
Lawson also allegedly got involved in the failed billion-dollar development known as Mt. Holly Resort that Jenson and his brother, Stephen Jenson, tried to build in Beaver County. When the deal crumbled, a Colorado doctor who had invested in the project wanted his money back.
According to court documents, Lawson sent several aggressive text messages and emails to the doctor to dissuade him from providing testimony for any possible investigation or legal action. Lawson also threatened to reveal supposed illegal activity in the doctor's medical practice.
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