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Investigation » Warrants went to Google, Yahoo and Apple in search of lost data.

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Gill had previously said the investigation will likely stretch into this summer as prosecutors wade through the information they’ve gathered.

So far, Lawson is the only individual charged in the probe.

At a glance

The search for data

» Investigators served warrants Nov. 27 on AT&T Wireless, Cricket Communications and Apple for subscriber and call records, text messages, voice and data usage logs, and subscriber account information for phones belonging to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, his confidant Tim Lawson, and former Chief Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgensen.

» A search warrant was issued Dec. 11 to Apple for information from former Attorney General John Swallow’s email account; login records and IP addresses; chats, documents, contact lists, photos, calendars and other stored files; any information stored in the iCloud or backup accounts from any time since 2009. The company provided some data Feb. 6, but it appears Apple may not have provided all the information investigators sought.

» Investigators served a search warrant Dec. 11 on Google Inc. The company turned over a long list of documents, including email histories, saved files, account information, calendar entries, contact lists and photographs for numerous accounts, including Shurtleff, Swallow, Lawson, campaign consultant Jason Powers, as well as several campaign staffers. The list of the general types of files turned over for each of the various accounts fills several pages.

» A warrant was issued Dec. 11 to NetZero for various email records from a Lawson account. That account was purged in 2010, and the company could provide only basic subscriber information.

» Investigators were granted a warrant Dec. 11 to obtain records belonging to Powers’ Guidant Strategies, as well as Guidant-related records in Yahoo’s possession. Yahoo reported it had no records, and the warrant could not be served on Guidant.

» Warrants were issued Dec. 11 to AT&T and Sprint, which provided logs of voice, text and data usage; billing information; and cell tower location data for phones belonging to Lawson and Swallow.

» Investigators served a warrant Dec. 11 on Yahoo for material from Lawson’s account. Yahoo provided user data; subscriber information; dates, times and IP addresses for logins; messenger friend lists; a snapshot of email account contents for last year; address book contents.

» When police arrested Lawson on Dec. 12 at his home, they also seized numerous items, including a slew of computers, data storage devices, CDs, documents, phones, flash drives, bank records and an iPad. The investigators obtained a warrant on Dec. 17 to search the contents.

» Investigators served warrants Dec. 17 on Verizon Wireless and AT&T for text messages, subscriber data, call and cell tower location records for cellphones belonging to Lawson and Shurtleff.

» A judge approved a search warrant Jan. 10 to seize Torgensen’s iPhone after he balked at turning it over to investigators voluntarily.

» In response to a Jan. 10 search warrant, Apple provided contents Feb. 25 of the full backup file from the iCloud service, including photos, voice messages and applications for cellphone numbers belonging to Shurtleff and Torgensen.

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