The two face a raft of charges: Shurtleff has been charged with 3 counts of bribery, 1 count of obstruction of justice, 1 count of witness tampering, 1 count of evidence tampering, and 1 count of unlawful acts, among others. Swallow has been charged with 2 felony counts of bribery, 1 count of false or inconsistent statements, 1 count of false government records, 1 count of unlawful acts, and others. According to The Salt Lake Tribune:
Court documents show Swallow is charged with 11 felonies and two misdemeanors. Five are second-degree felonies for a pattern of unlawful activity, accepting gifts, compensation or loans when prohibited, receiving or soliciting bribes/bribery by a public official and false or inconsistent material statements. Six third-degree felonies include receiving or soliciting bribes/bribery by a public official, tampering with evidence, misuse of public money and obstructing justice. The two Class B misdemeanors are for falsifying/atlering government records and failure to disclose conflict of interest/comply with reporting.
Court documents show Shurtleff is charged with 10 felonies. Seven are second-degree felonies for a pattern of unlawful activity, receiving or soliciting bribes and accepting gift, compensation or loan when prohibited and improper use of a employees position. Three third-degree felonies included tampering with a witness, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
The Salt District Attorney Sim Gill said in a 9am press conference that the case had been a “complex, nuanced” one, with “multiple investigations” that included “multiple leads:”
“This has been a complex, nuanced, multiple investigation … . Multiple leads continue to be investigated [and] the investigation remains active,” said Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill said at a 9 a.m. news conference.”We have filed what we think are appropriate and minimal charges. We could have filed more, but we chose at this time to just file what we did.”
Gill also said more charges could be filed.
“The opportunity to amend information is always possible in any prosecution,” Gill said.
However, he said “It would be absolutely unfair at this time to speculate about any other person who may be charged.”
Bond for both men has been set at $250,000, and they were expected to be at the Salt Lake County jail for several hours to undergo the booking process:
Both Shurtleff and Swallow were expected to be at the Salt Lake County jail for several hours as they underwent the booking process, according to spokeswoman Sgt. Cammie Skogg.
“Right now, we are treating them the same as everyone else,” Skogg said, noting that they have been photographed and fingerprinted and will be searched.
Following the booking process, the two will be taken to a waiting area, where they will remain for two to four hours while attempting to make bail — which has been set at $250,000 for each of the men.
If they are unable to make bail by Tuesday afternoon, they will be returned to the jail and placed in segregated cells for their protection.
“Generally, in high-profile cases, we ask if they would prefer protective custody,” Skogg said. “But in certain cases, such as this, we will just go ahead and take that step.”
The Deseret News reports that the allegations surrounding the two Republican AGs center on their relationship with Utah businessman, Jeremy Johnson. Allegedly, Shurtleff used Johnson’s private plane to fly to a fundraiser in California, and then to fly to New York so he could meet Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Vincent D’Onofrio.
The two AGs were also allegedly involved with another wealthy businessman, named Marc Session Jenson, according to The Deseret News:
Investigators also are looking at the relationships Shurtleff and Swallow had with another wealthy businessman, Marc Sessions Jenson, and how the attorney general’s office handled his prosecution for securities fraud.
A report released earlier this year by Attorney General Sean Reyes described Shurtleff’s “unusual” involvement in Jenson’s case, which started after some investors, including a campaign contributor, alleged to Shurtleff that Jenson defrauded them. At the same time, Jenson and his associates gained access to Shurtleff by paying his self-described “fixer,” Tim Lawson, at least $114,300, according to the report.
Jenson claims Swallow and Shurtleff took him down during an all-expenses-paid visits to his Southern California villa. He also accused Swallow of securing a “quid pro quo” agreement from him for a $1 million lot in the planned members-only resort development known as Mount Holly.
Jenson is serving a 10-year prison term for failing to pay $4.1 million in restitution after pleading no contest to selling unregistered securities.
Republicans attorney generals in a corruption scandal? That’s a little hard to Swallow.
Something tells me that Marc Jenson will have company soon.