When people talk about accusations involving white collar crime with two of Utah's Attorney Generals, you may have heard of Timothy Lawson's name, but you may not have known how much he may have been involved. According to charges filed Thursday, Lawson played a key role.
There's a new face in the middle of the criminal allegations involving Utah's Attorney General’s Office. He's 49 year old Timothy Lawson of Provo.
"There was direct contact that was made by Mr. Lawson with the Attorney General himself as well as the office," said Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney.
On Thursday Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill filed felony charges against Lawson for racketeering, tax evasion, witness retaliation, and obstruction of justice. FBI agents also raided Lawson’s home. According to charging documents, Lawson is the man who was at the center of the bribery, extortion claims between former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, and inmate and accuser Marc Jenson.
The documents state in 2009 while Jenson was under scrutiny of the law, Jenson paid Lawson “approximately $120,000 to gain access to then Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.” Lawson described himself as – “like “Porter Rockwell” and that he took care of things.”
"Mr. Lawson represented himself as a man, a person of influence, a person who had access to the Attorney General's Office, a person who could fix things for Mr. Jenson," said Gill.
Documents claim it was Lawson who set up trips for Swallow and Shurtleff to stay at Jenson's section of the posh Pelican Hill Resort in Southern California. Lawson allegedly threatened scorned investors with connections to Jenson, Swallow and Shurtleff stating “he had guns and "Polynesian friends" who liked to "bust people up."
Gill tells Reporter Brian Carlson Lawson is at least one person who criminally benefited from his relationship with the Attorney General's Office, but he wouldn't say if Swallow or Shurtleff committed crimes too.
"As far as anybody else who may be a subject of our ongoing investigation we haven't reached any conclusions there, and it would absolutely inappropriate for me to comment on that," said Gill.
People will have to wait and see what happens with the criminal investigation into John Swallow. In the meantime, Timothy Lawson is currently behind bars in the Utah County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison, if not more.
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