Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested at their Salt Lake County homes early this morning. Shurtleff has been charged with ten counts and Swallow with thirteen counts that include eleven felonies and two misdemeanors. The Utah Department of Public Safety and the FBI carried out the arrests. They arrived at the Salt Lake County Jail just after 8 a.m.
Both men have had bail set at $250,000. At a news conference this morning, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill made the announcement after months of investigation.
Shurtleff faces felony charges in Third District Court for a pattern of unlawful activity, three counts of soliciting or receiving bribes by a public official, and witness tampering. He also faces misdemeanor charges for two counts of obstruction of justice, witness tampering, tampering with evidence, and improper use of an employee’s position.
Swallow has been charged with receiving or soliciting bribes by a public servant, giving false or inconsistent material statements, evidence tampering, misusing public monies - all second and third degree felonies.
The arrests come after more than a year of investigations by the Salt Lake County District Attorney, the Davis County District Attorney, the Utah Legislature, the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Utah Department of Public Safety. It has been estimated to have cost Utah taxpayers more than $4 million so far.
Gill indicated the men could have been charged further. He did not rule out possible future charges being filed.
Both men have maintained their innocence, saying they have done “nothing illegal or unethical.”
Source: Salt Lake County Attorney, KUTV News, Deseret News, FOX 13 News