Former Utah Attorney Generals Shurtleff and Swallow Arrested


By Paul Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Former Attorneys General, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow have been arrested.

Swallow has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for receiving or soliciting bribe or bribery by public servant, false or inconsistent material statements, evidence tampering and misusing public monies.

Shurtleff has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for unlawful acts, receiving or soliciting bribe or bribery by public servant, witness tampering, evidence tampering, obstruction of justice.

The bail is set at $250,000 each.

The arrests come following a lengthy investigation into alleged wrong doing in the Attorney General's office. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be holding a press conference at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has been investigating the two Republicans.

The District Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Utah Department of Public Safety have been helping conduct the probe into bribery, obstruction of justice and misuse of public funds.

The FBI, State Bureau of Investigation and Public Safety agents executed search warrants on the two former Attorney General's homes.

Swallow has been facing scrutiny for at least 18 months. The Republican dominated Utah House created a nine-member bipartisan committee last year to investigate him.

The probe, costing about $4 million, discovered Swallow had lost or deleted untold volumes of electronic record from hard drives, computers and hand held devices.

Investigators determined Swallow had fostered a pay-to-play culture in the Attorney General's office.

The final report also alleged Swallow fabricated documents and destroyed evidence to cover up inappropriate and politically damaging ties to questionable donors.

A separate investigation by the Lieutenant Governor's office determined Swallow had violated election laws by failing to disclose his role and financial stake in two businesses.

Swallow resigned November 2013. He served less than a year in office.

A complaint to the Utah State Bar alleges Shurtleff violated attorney ethics by accepting gifts and trips from convicted fraudster Marc Sessions Jenson at time the Attorney General's office was prosecuting Jenson.

Both Shurtleff and Swallow have denied any wrong doing.

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