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Warrants shed new light on AG investigation

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Several new search warrants were released Thursday from the criminal investigation into the Utah Attorney General's Office.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Several new search warrants were released Thursday from the criminal investigation into the Utah Attorney General's Office.

Page after page detailing the case prosecutors are building in their investigation.

The search warrants give us our first look at the evidence prosecutors are looking over as they consider criminal charges.

That evidence includes a detailed history of phone records, text messages, emails, chats and other electronic communications from former Attorney’s General Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow, associate Timothy Lawson and others.

According to the warrants the communications were used to commit or conceal a public offense.

Lawson, the self proclaimed “fixer” was the first to be formally charged.

Investigators took computers, hard drives, phones and other devices from his Provo home.

They also seized income documents and tax returns.

The warrants also outline interviews with witnesses.

A tech support specialist with the attorney general's office testified that Swallow asked him to wipe data from his office desktop and laptop computer.

He said at the time of the request Swallow seemed “nervous and anxious.”

A confidential source testified that he or she worked for Jason Powers at Guidant Strategies, the organization that ran Swallows campaign in 2012.

The source testified that the campaign came up with ways to hide donations from call centers and pay day lenders due to “bad publicity” for Swallow.

The source also told investigators Shurtleff used $30,000 in campaign funds to pay off a personal credit card debt.

Another item of interest is a recorded conversation between Shurtleff and Paul Nelson, an employee of now inmate Marc Jenson.

According to the warrant Nelson offered Shurtleff campaign contributions in exchange for charges being dropped against Jenson.

Possible charges include tampering with evidence, communications fraud, bribery to prevent criminal prosecution and retaliation against a witness.

Salt Lake County District Attorney, Sim Gill wouldn't comment on the possible charges or specifics of the case, other than to say the investigation continues.

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