Utah man says he Paid Sen. Reid to make investigation disappear

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Updated: 1/12/2013 3:57 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear.

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/UGd4Ww) that newly elected Attorney General John Swallow set up a deal in 2010 for Johnson to pay $600,000 to people connected to Reid.

Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation.

Swallow strongly denies the allegations and maintains he only offered to connect Johnson with a lobbying firm.

The FBI and Reid's office declined to comment.

Johnson is charged with mail fraud, money laundering and bank fraud and could face decades in prison if convicted.

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nubgnngs42 - 1/14/2013 5:19 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this about the time him and his son were both running for offices here in Nevada? Maybe needed a little more money for bribes of their own?

retired51 - 1/14/2013 8:16 AM
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Sounds like Mormon infighting to me!!

Kramer - 1/13/2013 2:55 PM
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Xcuse me that's Swallow, Johnson, Reid, and paid.

Kramer - 1/13/2013 2:51 PM
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besides the above john-son run-around; I don't swallow any of thus here-say gibberish. I won't Read anymore unless I get Paid.

NakedTruth - 1/12/2013 9:15 PM
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Johnson doesn't have any reason to lie about it, he's going down anyway. I'm no fan of Harry Reid but Johnson never spoke to Reid personally so someone could have been giving Johnson the run-around.

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