- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah businessman who was a key figure in a scandal that ensnared two former state attorneys general is set to be sentenced for lying to banks in July.

A federal judge set a new July 29 sentencing date Thursday in the case of for Jeremy Johnson.

Johnson was convicted on a handful of charges in a March trial but cleared of dozens of fraud and money laundering charges.

Johnson’s allegations about back-channel payments helped touch off a scandal that led to charges against former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. They deny wrongdoing.

Johnson says his help in the pay-to-play investigation should get him a shorter sentence.

His lawyers have said in court documents that the prosecutor on that case will testify that Johnson has given substantial assistance.

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