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Swallow’s conduct — and that of his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff — has been the subject of a federal investigation since last year. The inquiry is being done in cooperation with the Salt Lake and Davis county attorneys.
The lieutenant governor is in the process of hiring a special counsel to investigate whether Swallow concealed business interests from his personal financial disclosure. And at least two complaints have been filed with the Utah State Bar, alleging Swallow violated attorney ethical standards.
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The allegations revolve around Swallow’s dealings with indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson, promises of special consideration if businessmen donated to the Attorney General’s Office; and using Johnson’s houseboat and taking trips to the luxurious home of Marc Sessions Jenson, while Jenson was free on a plea deal with the office.
Jenson says Swallow was also present in 2009 when Shurtleff asked Jenson to pay $2 million to another businessman, Darl McBride, in an attempt by Shurtleff to take down a website critical of Mark Robbins, Jenson’s former business partner. In a recording of a meeting with McBride, Shurtleff said he could get the money from Jenson because of his plea deal.
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