Jeremy Johnson is a businessman from St. George, Utah who has been accused of billing hundreds of thousands of people for products they didn’t order or receive. His actions resulted in a federal investigation conducted by the Federal Trade Commission.
Supposedly, Johnson met with then Utah State Chief Deputy Attorney General John Swallow (now Attorney General) to discuss the investigation. Johnson claims that during that meeting, he made a deal with Swallow to pay $600,000 to a number of people connected with Sen. Harry Reid with the understanding that Reid would make the FTC investigation go away.
When Johnson told this to the Salt Lake Tribune and it became public, Swallow denied taking any money and said he only offered to connect Johnson with a lobbying firm that then might be able to help. He denies any involvement with Reid.
After meeting with federal investigators, Johnson had initially agreed to a plea deal where he would plead guilty to charges of bank fraud and money laundering. But when the deal fell through this past week, Johnson changed his plea to not guilty and provided the Salt Lake Tribune with documentation including emails and a transcript of his meeting with Swallow. He also said he asked Swallow to repay $250,000 that Johnson had paid him, but Swallow has not commented on that as yet.
I would be very curious to know exactly what the documentation that Johnson turned over to the Tribune really shows. Does it back up what Johnson has claimed? Is Utah Attorney General Swallow guilty of taking a bribe or payoff?
As unethical as Harry Reid has been in the last 4 years under Obama, I wouldn’t doubt that he had received money from Johnson, but then did nothing to prevent the investigation from moving forward. With Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder being his close Washington buddies, I’m not sure any amount of documentation would be enough to get any action taken against Reid. It also wouldn’t surprise me to see something questionable happen to Jeremy Johnson and then the whole thing is closed and never heard of again.