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John Swallow • Served as Utah's attorney general for less than a year, was arrested July 15, 2014. He now faces 14 criminal counts 12 felonies and two misdemeanors. The charges include receiving or soliciting bribes, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, accepting a gift, falsifying or altering government records, making false or inconsistent statements under oath, misuse of public money, failing to disclose conflicts of interest and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct. He has not yet entered a plea, but has publicly professed his innocence. A 3rd District judge will determine if Swallow will be bound over for trial after a June 8-12 preliminary hearing. The case is being handled by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office. Swallow is free under a supervised release arrangement.
Mark Shurtleff • Served three terms as Utah's attorney general and anointed Swallow as his successor, was arrested July 15, 2004. He now faces nine felony charges, including receiving or soliciting bribes, witness tampering, evidence tampering, obstructing justice, accepting a gift and accepting employment that would impair judgment. Prosecutors dropped one count of participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct. He has not yet entered a plea, but has professed his innocence in several high-profile interviews and news conferences. Shurtleff's case is being handled by the Davis County Attorney's Office, which anticipates filing an amended set of charges. His next 3rd District Court date is Feb. 12, when a judge may schedule a preliminary hearing. Shurtleff, too, is free under a supervised release arrangement.
Marc Sessions Jenson • A businessman already serving time in Utah for securities violations who alleges he was extorted by Swallow and Shurtleff, was charged in 2011 with eight felonies. The counts include communications fraud, money laundering and engaging in pattern of unlawful activity in connection with the failed Mount Holly resort development in Beaver County. The charges were amended Friday to reduce any first-degree felonies to second-degree felonies. A single racketeering count also was dropped. Jenson has pleaded not guilty and a 3rd District Court trial is set to begin Monday. The case originally was filed by the Utah attorney general's office under Shutleff, but is now being handled by the Utah County attorney's office. Jenson's brother, Stephen R. Jenson, is a co-defendant.
Tim Lawson • Shurtleff's confidant and so-called "fixer," was arrested Dec. 12, 2013, on six felony counts. The charges include tax evasion, retaliation against a witness, obstruction of justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct. He has not entered a plea. A four-day preliminary hearing is set to begin March 2 in 3rd District Court. He is free on $250,000 bail.
Jeremy Johnson • Founder of the online marketing company I Works and whose interactions with Swallow gave rise to the scandal's initial headlines, faces 86 counts related to alleged bank fraud involving credit card accounts. Johnson and four co-defendants have pleaded not guilty. The case has run into numerous delays, mostly due to the volume of documents being provided to defense attorneys. Prosecutors hope to set a trial date soon. Another hearing is set for Tuesday in Salt Lake City's federal court. Johnson, I Works and others also are grappling with a long-running Federal Trade Commission lawsuit in Las Vegas alleging consumer fraud. The judge has competing motions before her that could affect that case's outcome.
Jason Powers • A political consultant to Swallow, Shurtleff and other Utah political heavyweights, he has gone to work for a political consulting firm based in Sacramento, Calif. The Utah House investigation flagged questionable fundraising practices during the Swallow campaign, but Powers has not been charged with any crimes stemming from the scandal and his attorney said he doesn't expect his client to be charged.
Kirk Torgensen • Chief deputy attorney general under Shurtleff and Swallow, is no longer with the Utah attorney general's office. New Attorney General Sean Reyes put him on paid administrative leave in April 2014 while Reyes' team reviewed Torgensen's conduct during the scandal. After nearly nine months on leave, Reyes fired Torgensen in December. Torgensen's attorney says he plans to appeal the ouster. He contends Torgensen is a whistleblower, since he and other senior staffers asked for an investigation into Lawson's relationship with Shurtleff, which ultimately spawned the criminal probes of Shurtleff and Swallow.
Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings • The top prosecutors in Salt Lake and Davis counties, respectively, spearheaded the criminal probes that led to charges against Swallow, Shurtleff and Lawson. Gill, Salt Lake County district attorney, is a Democrat. Rawlings, the Davis County attorney, is a Republican. Each won re-election in November. Gill's office is handling the prosecution of Swallow. Rawlings' office is leading the case against Shurtleff.
Rep. Jim Dunnigan • Head of the Utah House Investigative Committee that determined Swallow fostered a pay-to-play culture inside the attorney general's office, sponsored several pieces of scandal-related legislation aimed at expanding transparency and disclosure. The Taylorsville Republican ran uncontested in November. His GOP colleagues later elevated him to Utah House majority leader.