Ex-millionaire's plea deal unravels in attempt to protect family, new A.G.

No reason for John Swallow to be on no-indictment list, spokesman says

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  • Johnnyoh! ,
    Jan. 16, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    What ever happened to our day in court, does it not apply to Republicans?
    How about being able to face your accusers?
    Johnson obviously wants an out for what he did, and will throw everyone in who touched this deal.
    Big question, how is it no Federal authority has stepped forward to cite Swallow?....Just saying
    Of course the Democrats much like the sharks smell blood, so everything in their eyes is the truth, even if it isn't.

  • UteRB77 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    Well, I stand corrected. Your “knowledge” is not what I anticipated and you have the inside scoop. I believe I did say that the “right to express your opinion is without question and unfettered.” That means you can say what you want. It certainly is your right. But then, I was only addressing those posts without the benefit of such “knowledge” and “truth” and I simply question the morality of such judgment.

    Regarding my comments on your BBB statement, I do not require knowledge of anything about you, nor do I attack you in any way. You asked “what am I missing?” I simply point out your error in referring to the BBB as a source of credible accusation. One person may post multiple complaints, and many A+ ratings are maintained with promotional funds paid to the BBB. They are not reliable. And although that does not reflect on you directly, it is your reference.

  • ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    I know what he did. What he did was illegal. He is guilty once he plans to commit the crime. The courts allow him the right of "innocent until proven guilty." I am not a court. I don't have the same restrictions as the court. I need not give him the benefit of saying he is innocent until he's proven guilty in a court of law. He is guilty once he planned the crime. (for those unaware, planning a crime is illegal - thus he was guilty at the planning stage)

    Further - I understand the BBB - nothing in my posts proves otherwise.

    And for you to pass such judgments on me without knowing anything about me is the height of hypocrisy. Re-read your statements knowing you've wrongly accused me. Paraphrasing you - you do yourself "harmful disservice to pass judgment with nothing more than" reading a couple of my posts on this informal comment string -

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    You're missing the fact that The BBB is not where complaints are filed if someone is violated by the fraudulant acts of another. Nor is it a repository of evidence for a prosecutor of justice. If you understood the lack of credibility that surrounds the BBB (a private enterprise) you would understand the foolishness of your statement.

  • UteRB77 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    To those who know, or think they know the truth, you should save your comments for more esoteric gatherings.

    More disturbing than any alleged wrong doing on the part of Mr. Johnson are the allegations made against Brent Ward. This could be serious and needs to be vetted out with all vigor. Our legal system is not to be made up of power mongers and thugs, and this is not Nazi Germany. We can’t tolerate our prosecutors of justice to violate the authority with which we entrust them. They must be held to the highest standards. If a case can’t be established through honorable means to discover truth, then there probably is no case. If Mr. Ward has subjected himself to extortion, then he should be held in the highest contempt and immediately dismissed. Our legal system and its officers wield enormous power to destroy people’s lives, completely. It isn’t a power to be brandished lightly. The premier purpose of this publication is to be a beacon of warning when the public trust is violated. It’s up to us to demand that such violation is squashed with zealous haste.

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    We do ourselves harmful disservice to pass judgment with nothing more than press clippings. We expose our sanctimonious ignorance and indignation. Shame on those of you for such arrogance and piety. Beware the finger you point at others with such brazen hubris. I have no clue if this man is guilty, and would certainly never malign another because of association. I sat on a jury where we acquitted an innocent man. It was a case driven by deep pockets pressing our legal system and tax dollars into an overpaid collection service, yielding no reward for their misguided efforts. I was aghast and enraged at the presumption of guilt, and spent five hours during a seven hour deliberation discussing principles of jurisprudence, and our Constitution' s Fifth and Sixth Amendments. It all started with one juror's exclamation, "well he must be guilty of something or he wouldn't be here in the first place." It is not for us to decide this man's guilt in this forum, and only skews the efforts of truth and justice to succeed. The right to express your opinion is without question and unfettered, but doesn't make it moral or righteous.

  • KarenSp Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Don't bother the Jeremy Johnson apologists with facts. I've spoken to several and they continue to believe that this is just a vast government conspiracy against their hero. They "don't read the papers or listen to the news about him." Seriously.

    He deserves his day in court but the public record about his business practices including the online gambling credit processing is extensive. For someone to claim that the federal agencies involved in the case have no evidence is ludicrous.

  • ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    "Where are these alleged consumers who have been cheated out of millions of dollars?"
    Ummmm - there were more than 500,000 complaints to the BBB right ????? - what am I missing....
    Isn't 500,000 unhappy customers a sign of something????

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 12, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    John Swallow just put out his side of the story. You might want to read it before deciding to send him off to jail.

  • northernstar Logan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    I know Jeremy and his family. I've been following this case the FTC makes against him for the last two years now. They have absolutely no evidence. None at all. Where are these alleged consumers who have been cheated out of millions of dollars? Which law has he broken? They have made indictment after indictment and produced enough false evidence to lock him up. In the meantime they auction off his assets to buy some time to find real "dirt" that he surely must have. After all, every business must have broken the law at some point right?

    The fact is that Jeremy has been in strict compliance with the FTC regulations and was very cooperative with all their requests before they threw him in prison. THEY have the power of the press. THEY have the unlimited resources to keep this case from going to trial. THEY have the track record of outspending their victims until they give up. And most of all THEY cannot lose this case because THEY cannot afford to expose themselves as the criminals that they really are.

  • hula salt lake, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    WAIT!!! The FTC can charge you with one count of mail fraud for sending a $3 CD, and without a trial, they can throw you jail, ruin your reputation, steal your money, sell off your assets and threaten to do the same to your friends and family in order to get you to sign a confession? Did you know this was allowed under the constitution? We all walk around saying things like, "presumed innocent until proven guilty" but this is happening to one of us and we don't seem to mind? When did the law change to allow this? What if he's finally allowed a trial and he wins???? His money and property are gone!! His life ruined. So we just tell him, "sorry, our bad." And don't say its ok because he's rich and in a filthy business. That's a cop out. The fact is, if they can do it to him, they can do it to all of us and it really bothers me that no one cares.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    I am not surprised at all to hear John Swallow took money from Johnson. There is a reason his name is on the list, he wants protection from whatever it is he did wrong.
    I really hope the truth comes out on Swallow, although as the new AG he won't be punished, he'll just sweep it under the rug.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    It sounds as if some Utahns want to give Swallow a fair trial before tarring and feathering him.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    It's pretty obvious that mr swallow has his hands very dirty in all of this. As Americans we need to take our country back from great rich, corrupt, and arrogant. Those who feel like the rules don't apply to them. Time to Resign. Bye bye swallow!!!

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Jan. 12, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Sounds like he has cleverly fashioned a method to take others down with him.
    Hopefully, he will not get off with an insanity plea.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    "Johnson decides he should try to get Swallow to drop out of the A.G. race."

    It appears that Mr. Johnson may have violated state law by doing what he claims he did after that decision.

    According to the article, I don't see Johnson paying Swallow for the deal. It appears that money goes to RMR.

    I Works Inc directly donated campaign money in 2008, and 2009, but didn't in 2010, 2011, and 2012 according to the LT Gov site. None of the money went directly to Swallow that I noticed.

    Mark Shurtleff's Utah's Prosperity Foundation donated money to John Swallow. I haven't found any money coming from Johnson to Swallow directly or though Utah's Prosperity Foundation.

    I don't see anything in either the email or anything else to counteract what Swallow says he did, only by Johnson who claims he (Johnson) violated all sorts of ethics laws.

    It appears Swallow recommended Johnson hire a lobbyist to help him. It appears Johnson used all the tricks, potentially illegal, to try to get Swallow to get his money back, even though Swallow wasn't paid.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Although we must grant that there is not enough evidence to make a good call, this is far from the first time that Swallow's name has come up in some very questionable circumstances.

    This should become the subject of a very thorough investigation by someone not at all associated with the Utah AG's office -- or the Republican Party.

  • Stgeorgebyu St. Georg, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    I m LDS 2; You do not know Jeremy at all and you judge him like that. Wow!! I know him and his family and he is not what you think. I do not know if he is guilty or not, but what I do know is when the Federal Government goes after your done. They seize all you have, slander you in public and make it impossible to defend yourself financially or in the media. There is a reason they have such a high conviction rate, they are ruthless in their dealings. You better pray they never decide to come after you. I know you think there is no reason they would but Jeremy didn't think so either at one point in his life. I think there is a lot more to this story and like it or not there are Utah government officials intertwined in it whether it be for good or bad.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Jan. 12, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    We will rue the day John Swallow was made the AG. How long has he been in? A week?

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Jan. 12, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    If Johnson's wife, parents, friends, business associates have nothing to hide...why should they or he fear their prosecution by the AG? It seems to be an unusual request by Johnson that should not merit consideration by our justice system.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    John Swallow is political and professional toast. Even if he did nothing illegal he obviously is involved. This whole thing will be a media feeding frenzy and will haunt Swallow every day of his life unless/until he resigns...and maybe beyond.

  • captainAmerica Orem, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 5:56 a.m.

    First off, I know nothing for certain about Swallow. I don't personally know the man, nor have I ever seen him accepting a brown paper bag full of money.

    That said, this is just one of perhaps a dozen columns of smoke I've heard of suggesting that Swallow is not on the level. For these reasons I did not vote for him either in the primary or the general election. It could all be an illusion, but it is hard for me to imagine that there's no fire when I see that much smoke.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    This guy is out of his mind! He needs to enter an insanity plea.