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Investigators seized $10K in cash from Swallow's Sandy home

Published: Monday, June 23 2014 12:25 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

$10,000 in cash. A plane ticket. What's suspicious about that?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

I'm no Swallow fan, but my reaction is, So what?
I've probably got $3,000 in cash in my home. Is that some sort of crime?

Murray, Utah

No big Swallow fan here either. I wonder if they were this diligent in trying to track down the missing IRS email?

San Diego
Orem, UT

The cash and plane ticket were found in the homes of two different individuals. It is hard to draw conclusions and rush to judgement as to wrong doing from this evidence. Let them have their time in court and do not create purely subjective conclusions.

Sandy, UT

Did it have an invoice for 400% interest with it?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The deseret news isn't reporting the entire story.

Go to the trib to see the rest.

I would send you the link if I could. Just look up the trib's main page. Here's what it says:

"Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow tooled around the streets of St. George in Jeremy Johnson’s Ferrari, and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff, used the embattled businessman’s plane to jet to New York to shuttle a TV actor to a charity event, according to search warrants on their Sandy homes unsealed Monday.

The new court documents show that officers seized a long list of computers, digital storage devices, camcorders, digital cameras, iPods and CDs, along with boxes of documents, from the homes of Shurtleff, Swallow and Renae Cowley, who worked as a staffer for both men. They also took more than $10,000 in cash from Swallow’s home.

The warrants also point to a growing list of potential crimes that law enforcement is investigating, including bribery, evidence tampering, falsifying government records, gift violations and obstruction of justice."

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Sounds like they are following the money.That is always a good technique when investigating public servants accused of serving themselves.

#1 Champ
Salt Lake City, UT

I've gone from 'This is an unfortunate situation for all' to 'Could this get any uglier?'. Two things I've learned here:

1. The mixture of being enemies with the District Attorney and the press is a BAD combo.
2. Having any sort of public profile come with some major inherited risk.

Conclusion: Maintain a modest life and out of the way of the DA

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

As Swallow sinks further I find myself amused thinking back when he ran for office and said he was a Reagan Republican.

Logan, UT

@ Just Say No To Bo:

Good thing you didn't print your address in Mapleton. A lot of home break-ins take place with the expectation for a lot less than $3k. It's doubtful that many people keep that much cash sitting around. My sincere complements to you if you live in an economic category where that's considered petty cash.

That aside, but with home burglaries still in mind, I don't know of anyone who keeps over $10,000 cash in their home nowadays... unless it's a fusty old-timer left over from the Great Depression days who still doesn't trust banks... or unless it's questionable source money. But in and of itself, that's not illegal, as you stated.

We'll all have to wait and see how and if all these items taken together create a more telling story of evidence. They may or may not. But combined with previous evidence and happenings reported in previous articles, some of these items definitely do add to the mounting suspicions regarding these people... especially Swallow who was forced under heavy suspicion to resign.

The story and suspicions keep getting deeper. Intrigue worthy of a novel.

Sandy, UT

@Dixie Dan:

Is that a comment about Swallow, or about Reagan?

West Jordan, UT

I generally have less than $20 in cash at my house between a loose change jar and a few bills in my pocket. Why would you hold $3,000 in cash at your house, let alone more than $10k? You just don't do that unless you want to keep it all off the record.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I'm curious what is meant by this statement from the article: "several journals including one with a picture of Jesus on the front cover".

Why is it noteworthy that one of the journals had a picture of Jesus on the cover? Is it the irony? Many people who say they follow Jesus have fallen into serious sin. Many people who say they follow Jesus really don't - they're just putting on a show. I just found the decision to write this sentence to be....curious.

Sandy, UT

Go Sim Gill !!! Its about time somebody gets to the truth of these matters !!

Kaysville, UT

The $10,000 and plane ticket sound as if it is from the Law and Order series. These type or stories almost sound real and could become part of Lawless and Orderless in Utah or on capital hill or Capitol Hill. As Jack Webb used to say, "The names have been changed to protect the innocent."

We live in interesting times, sort of like the Helaman and Alma times when the judges or attorneys were running the government and the Chief Judges got changed out one by one. History repeats itself, sort of like other stories in the paper today..

Virginia Beach, VA

Dixie Dan -

" . . . he said he was a Reagan Republican."

Well, isn't he?

The Reagan Administration is known for numerous dirty dealing, such as trading arms to our enemies in Iran and bringing illegal shipments of cocaine into major American Cities to get money to fund the Contras.

Swallow's misdeeds are small potatoes comparatively.

South Jordan, UT

Oh that we had this SWAT team working in Washington D.C. at the Justice Department, the IRS, State Department, and the White House!

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

As I read this stuff I feel like I fell down the rabbit hole. . . it just get curiouser and curiouser. Welcome to the wacky world of one party politics in Utah.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"As I read this stuff I feel like I fell down the rabbit hole. . . it just get curiouser and curiouser. Welcome to the wacky world of one party politics in Utah."

Detroit, New York, L.A., Chicago...don't travel much, do ya?

Huntsville, UT


My thoughts exactly.

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