- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah businessman ensnared in the scandal that forced former Attorney General John Swallow from office says he faces exaggerated charges in a criminal case in Utah.

Jeremy Johnson says Swallow colluded with one prosecutor in the federal criminal case and a second involved in a separate federal lawsuit he faces in Las Vegas.

Prosecutors in both cases say Johnson’s internet company I Works tricked consumers with bogus internet services.

Johnson alleges in a filing for the federal suit that the three men orchestrated the criminal fraud charges to pressure him to settle the civil case.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mMdCdx) Swallow’s attorney Rod Snow says Swallow was not involved.

Swallow resigned late last year but denies any wrongdoing. He has not been charged with any crimes.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com