SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been arrested on corruption charges, the result of a two-year investigation.


Former Utah AG John Swallow

Both Swallow and Shurtleff were arrested at their homes, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said at a news conference Tuesday morning. They were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Bail was set at $250,000 but Gill said they had agreed to allow the former attorneys general to be booked and released through pretrial services.

Swallow is charged with 13 counts:

Pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony;

Accepting a gift; a second-degree felony;

Receiving or soliciting a bribe, a second-degree felony;

False statements, a second-degree felony;

Evidence tampering, a third-degree felony;

Misuse of public money, a third-degree felony;

Obstructing justice, a third-degree felony;

Falsification of a government record, a class B misdemeanor;

Failure to disclose a conflict of interest, a class B misdemeanor.

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Former Utah AG Mark Shurtleff

Shurtleff is charged with 10 counts:

Pattern of unlawful activity, a second degree felony;

Receiving or soliciting a bribe, a second-degree felony;

Accepting a gift, a second-degree felony;

Accepting employment that would impair judgment, a second-degree felony;

Witness tampering, a third-degree felony;

Evidence tampering, a third-degree felony;

Obstructing justice, a third-degree felony.

The men could be facing one to 15 years in prison for each of the felony charges, if convicted.

Swallow hired a high-profile criminal defense attorney to represent him in ongoing investigations. Stephen McCaughey confirmed to FOX 13 last week he had been retained to represent Swallow. Shurtleff is represented by Max Wheeler, who secured an acquittal for the defendants in the Olympic bribery trial.

The charges are the result of a criminal probe by the Salt Lake and Davis County attorneys. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to pursue a case against Swallow, but the FBI and the Utah Department of Public Safety worked with the county prosecutors.

The prosecutors recently ordered the FBI and DPS to serve search warrants on Swallow’s home, as well as that of his predecessor, Shurtleff.

Reports prepared by a House Special Investigative Committee and warrants reveal he is under investigation for allegations of official misconduct, bribery, obstruction of justice, evidence and witness tampering.

Swallow has maintained his innocence.

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In March a special committee set up to investigate Swallow finished its work and made public a massive report on alleged misdeeds.

“The public will be very interested in the information that is released,” House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, a member of the House Special Investigative Committee, said at the time.

Committee chairman Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, said he believed the investigation, which lasted months and cost millions of dollars, was “overall worthwhile.”

“I think if we had not done this, this type of regime or program would have continued on to the detriment of Utah,” he told reporters when it was released. “The attorney general’s office is the highest law enforcement office in the state and people have to feel like everyone is treated fairly and equally. There are no nods or no special favors given.”

Dunnigan said most recently, the committee was able to recover thousands of missing emails from an external drive that Swallow had.

“In January, we got 1,300 emails. About two weeks ago, we got an additional 430 emails,” Dunnigan said. “They corroborate our findings. There are some new bits of information.”

Swallow resigned after another investigation into alleged misconduct.

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