In the pantheon of multi-level marketers, online-business opportunities and payday lenders who pop up in Shurtleff-Swallow threads, one name does not seem to be in the same league: Bank of America.
As the second-largest bank in the country, the Charlotte-based financial giant is a different animal. No one from the bank is facing any criminal charges related to Shurtleff-Swallow, but the charges filed against the two former attorneys general have pulled the bank in.
Mark Shurtleff and his protégé John Swallow face multiple charges of corruption, including charges related to Shurtleff's decision to sign a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Bank of America after a Swallow-led negotiation with the bank. The charges connect Shurtleff's decision to dismiss to the job offer he received from a D.C. Law firm that represents Bank of America before he left office in early 2013, which Shurtleff and the law firm, Troutman Sanders, deny. (Shurtleff left the job after a few months.)