January 15, 2013

Dirty Harry - business deal gone wrong

Three days ago I noticed this: Something brewing in Utah

Yahoo/Associated Press has some more:

Reid denies involvement in Utah businessman scheme
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said Monday he was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay the senator to make a federal investigation disappear.

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who's accused of running a $350 million software scheme, said a top official in the Utah attorney general's office orchestrated an agreement in 2010 to pay $600,000 to someone connected to Reid.

Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that he believed Reid would intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into his business.

A spokeswoman for Reid's office, Kristen Orthman, said Monday that the Nevada Democrat “had no knowledge or involvement” in Johnson's case and said the allegations “are nothing more than innuendo and simply not true.”

And Mr. Johnson?

Johnson was arrested at a Phoenix airport in 2011, carrying more than $26,000 in cash and a one-way plane ticket to Costa Rica.

Seems like he kept some good records — discovery will be a bitch

On Saturday, the Tribune reported that Johnson provided the newspaper with emails, financial statements, photos and a transcript of a recorded meeting with John Swallow, then the state's chief deputy attorney general.

Follow the money — this will be fun to watch…

Posted by DaveH at January 15, 2013 02:17 PM
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