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Report » Swallow’s cozy relationship with supporters and friends an abuse of public trust.

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Beyond that, the report reiterated and expanded on several findings that investigators revealed in two days of hearings in December.

It concluded that Swallow provided Johnson favored access to the office and worked with him to create a legal opinion supporting Johnson’s business processing online poker payments.

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Swallow committed to his friend and "patron" Richard Rawle he would be an ally of the payday lending industry, and concealed vast amounts of money from that industry that were used to fund attack ads against Swallow’s opponents.

In addition, the former attorney general compromised the attorney general’s office and the state in a foreclosure lawsuit by attending a fundraiser hosted by the plaintiff in the suit, then trying to cover up the conflict by dismissing the case.

"With the assistance of his predecessor as Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, [Swallow] sold out the interests of thousands of Utah homeowners who would have benefitted if the office had continued to pursue the case," according to the report.

Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday restoring the public’s faith in the office was worth the time and money spent on the investigation.

"I don’t know that we can overemphasize the importance of solving the problems we had in the attorney general’s office, and it’s an unfortunate circumstance, a disappointment for many people that we had the problem in the first place," Herbert said.

Investigators shared their findings with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, who, in conjunction with state and federal investigators are conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into Swallow, Shurtleff and others.

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