There's been a lot of talk about allegations of bribery, extortion, and backdoor deals involving Utah's Attorney General's Office. Now search warrants affidavits released Wednesday show how former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff may have been involved.
Investigators subpoenaed cell phone records for Shurtleff, his self proclaimed fix-it-man Timothy Lawson, and another man. The documents show, Shurtleff had a conversation with a man named Darl McBride who was going public about allegedly being duped on a bad investment with a Mr. Mark Robbins.
Shurtleff met with him and "Shurtleff asked McBride ‘what can I do?" McBride told Shurtleff he needed $2,000,000. Shurtleff thought businessman Marc Jenson, who was under scrutiny of the law at the time, would be good for it. Shurtleff offered to see if Jenson would pay it. Shurtleff told McBride quote - "but you got your money, you got to promise us there can't be anything else from you. You know, it's just straight up."
The documents state Jenson paid for Shurtleff and others to stay at his section of the posh Pelican Hill Resort in Southern California. At one of those times "Mark Shurtleff told Marc Jenson that he needed to give $2,000,000 to Timothy Lawson for Timothy Lawson to give to Darl McBride because that's how much it would take to get Darl McBride to back off Mark Robbins."
One other interesting thing to note is the search warrants claim while Shurtleff's was on his trips to Pelican Hill in California the Utah Attorney General's Office racked up $2,000 of internet charges on Mark Shurtleff's cell phone.
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