Investigators say Swallow made up invoices and deleted data

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – More information was made public from one of the investigations into former Utah Attorney General, John Swallow.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – More information was made public from one of the investigations into former Utah Attorney General, John Swallow.

Thursday, the legislative committee looking into allegations of wrong doing met at the Capitol for an update on evidence from the group's special counsel.

"It's bad because all they need is for me or Scott to come in and say this money was for this and it shows it going to you and you're hooked in."

That is part a conversation between Saint George businessman, Jeremy Johnson and Swallow.

It was recorded by Johnson at a meeting between the two in April, 2012 at a Krispy Creme doughnut shop.

The conversation was played as evidence for the legislative committee looking into allegations of bribery and extortion.

"We believe the evidence here shows Mr. Swallow panicked following the Krispy Creme meeting, thinking about the consequences that would occur in terms of his political run for Attorney General."

Reich says that's when the cover up began.

He presented contradictions between Swallows time card at the AG's office, day planner entries and what Reich believes are made up invoices to try to hide a questionable payment of $23,500.

That payment was returned just days after the Krispy Creme conversation.

Reich made a case to the committee that following the hidden money trail uncovers a complex web of lies and deceit.

He says in the end Utah voters were left in the dark about the individuals and organizations contributing to Swallow’s campaign.

"It bothers me as I sit here and look at what our Attorney General did, it's offensive to voters, it's offensive to me and I think it's offensive to the legislature,” commented committee member, Rep. Mike McKell.

Reich also questioned missing data from Swallow’s technical devices and email accounts.

Swallow has publicly said the information was lost through a migration to a new email system and when his office bought new computers, but Reich says the evidence suggests it was intentional.

"Mr. Swallow called I-T personnel to his office and instructed them to delete and wipe all the information on his office desktop and his office laptop," said Reich.

According to the report in November, 2012 Swallow returned his cell phone to the provider, because he said it froze and lost an external hard drive on an airplane.

In February, 2013 he lost a campaign I Pad in Washington D.C.

Reich testified it's highly unlikely one person could experience such bad luck, it's his position the missing data is not a coincidence.

The committee will meet again Friday to hear more from special counsel.

They will begin to discuss possible changes to the state election laws in January.

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