SALT LAKE CITY — The Board of Pardons and Parole has found that Marc Jenson — the convicted ex-businessman who has accused former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow of pay-to-play politics — hasn't paid any of the $4.1 million in restitution he owes.
In an order handed down earlier this month, the board found that Jenson hasn't paid any of the restitution stemming from a plea deal made in 2008 that allowed him to stay out of jail after he entered a plea in abeyance to three counts of sale of an unregistered security, a third-degree felony.
Two years later, a judge found that Jenson hadn't paid any of the restitution and ordered him to prison for 10 years. Nearly four years into that sentence, Jenson was granted parole in October.
Jenson has claimed he paid $2 million toward his debt. Following a January hearing, the parole board disagreed and ordered Jenson to begin paying restitution to his former investors in $100-per-month installments, and to obtain lawful employment before April 15.
Testifying last year in a separate case where he was ultimately exonerated, Jenson claimed the plea deal and associated restitution agreement was crafted behind the scenes with Shurtleff through a go-between, Shurtleff's self-described "fixer," Tim Lawson. Prior to that, the attorney general's office — at Shurtleff's behest — had initially offered a plea-in-abeyance agreement with Jenson that a 3rd District judge deemed too lenient.
Jenson was charged again in 2011 with felony communications fraud and money laundering in connection with his failed efforts to develop an exclusive resort in the mountains of Beaver County, a case that he claimed tied to his dealings with Shurtleff.
At trial, Jenson's attorney called the charges "payback" by the embattled attorney general's office. A jury found Jenson not guilty on all counts.1 comment on this story
Shurtleff and Swallow are facing their own criminal charges centered on Jenson, who claims they shook him down for money and favors during a trip to the posh Southern California villa where he was living in 2009.
Others have made similar allegations against the two, including St. George ex-billionaire Jeremy Johnson, who was awaiting a verdict Monday in his own fraud and money laundering case.