Swallowing Johnson

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Eyes 4 a Ginger

Jeremy Johnson is totally innocent :: just kidding … he was going to accept a plea deal that had him only doing 10 years in prison rather than the 12,000 years he’d need to do in order for his time to be commensurate with his fucked up crimes.

But he’s innocent according to this little propaganda video he had made about his innocence …

… I’d tell a joke about it :: but I’m sure you’re already laughing.

The plea deal fell apart :: with Johnson wanting a list of people the government would agree not to prosecute entered on the record at the last moment {unorthodox} … and the government not wanting to do that even though not prosecuting fraudsters is their specialty.

On Johnson’s list was Utah’s new Attorney General :: John Swallow … which seems odd because you’d expect Johnson to be hating Shurtleff & Swallow right about now :: for failing to deliver on the no enforcement zone. But then he dropped his ginger bomb on The Salt Lake Tribune

Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away.

Sayeth Brother Johnson regardeth demanding legal protection for someone who playeth him …

While Johnson said he believed Swallow had done wrong, he still wanted to protect Swallow from possible prosecution. Johnson said a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against himself and I Works plus a criminal charge had ruined his life and he did not wish the same fate on Swallow.

Gonna have to give you some props on this one GingerKing :: that’s pretty fucking hardcore right there. And it gets even better …

“Swallow and Johnson then met on April 30 of last year at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Orem, according to Johnson. Swallow said he believed the meeting’s purpose was to persuade him to encourage Rawle to return the money.

Without Swallow’s knowledge, Johnson had the meeting photographed and recorded. Photos show Johnson and Swallow seated at a table facing each other.”

That’s so Raven!

Utah’s Democrats are demanding a federal investigation

“The people of Utah deserve to know if their elected officials are crooks or unethical,” Dabakis said.

… ya think?

Can you have non-crook elected officials when your State is the world’s largest exporter of fraud?

Take um all down with ya JJ :: and call me in the morning.

>> bleep bloop

75 thoughts on “Swallowing Johnson”

  1. “The Federal Trade Commission first went after Johnson in 2010 with a massive civil complaint filed in Las Vegas, alleging that he had created more than 100 companies online that bilked hundreds of thousands of people out of close to $300 million. Johnson’s companies used pop-up ads and spam to distribute CD’s containing information on how to obtain government grants, grants which — the ads said — could be used to pay rent, mortgages, bills, for travel and for college, and never had to be paid back. But instead of charging just a nominal fee, victims said their credit cards were hit with charges for services they never agreed to.”

    Las Vegas Channel 8 News also keeps us apprised of Johnson’s scams at http://www.8newsnow.com/story/20567525/i-team-high-roller-could-face-more-charges

    1. @Douglas,

      KSL calls him “a well-known Utah philanthropist,” but KLAS-TV says he’s a ” high-rolling gambler.” What happens in Vegas comes out in the federal investigations.

      1. @Lanna, Jeremy Johnson is considered a golden boy of Utah, and when he finally goes away to jail for scamming people, the DNews is going to say he was railroaded. Of course, the DNews does little to alert Utahns to scams. Pfffth.

      2. @Lanna,

        What happens in Vegas comes out in the federal investigations.

        LOL
        That’s a much funnier tagline than Vegas’s official one! They probably wouldn’t see it that way though.


        Furry cows moo and decompress.

  2. You think this does not happen every day with big business, why do you think our country is so F Up. I think a government job has way more perks than we all think, for sure in the upper level.

  3. Ok, I’m going to preface this by saying I lived in Utah for seven years. Those years were made tolerable by the expansion of the Internet. Had I lived there in Brigham Young’s time, I would have tried to escape. Anyway, when I lived there, it appeared to me (and I would regularly say this) that Utah has more kooks per inhabited square mile than anywhere else in the USA.

    Now, with that out of the way, let me just ask…do I have to believe ANY of these people? I mean, Jeffrey Johnson is a scam artist who got caught. The Republican lawmakers are, well, Republican lawmakers. (Not saying Democratic lawmakers are any better, but this is Utah, where the GOP has had a stranglehold on power since World War II.)

    And, you know, there’s the dead guy, Rawle. What secrets went with him to the grave?

    The whole thing is just weird. I’m sure there was some sort of hinky doings, but I suspect the money stayed with Rawle and there was no attempt whatsoever at bribing Reid. (And what could Reid have done? I mean, seriously, that is just stupid thinking.) If there had been, I suspect it would have gone down as occurred when Jack Gordon tried to bribe Reid in the late 1970s. Reid called in the FBI, which set up a sting. Reid is reported (presumably it was recorded) to have said, as he was choking Gordon, “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!” The FBI had to pull Reid off.

    1. @mirele ::

      Senator Reid denies having anything to do with it …

      http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55623692-78/johnson-swallow-attorney-general.html.csp

      “Senator Reid has no knowledge or involvement regarding Mr. Johnson’s case,” his spokeswoman, Kristen Orthman, said in a statement. “These unsubstantiated allegations implying Senator Reid’s involvement are nothing more than innuendo and simply not true.”

      If the money had gone toward trying to bribe Reid :: even if the attempt had failed … then JJ prolly wouldn’t be so pissed as to do what he’s just done.

      I postulated last year that we had heard Swallow participating in a shakedown …

      http://saltydroid.info/swallow-hard/

      … this looks like more proof of that.

      Double-crossing the GingerKing seems to have been an epic fucking mistake.

    1. @Crazy Utah,

      John Swallow: “I’ve learned from this experience.” Yeah. Like he’s suddenly learned that it’s totally wrong to do that. Now that he’s elected. More like: now that he got caught.

      IMHO, the newscast went far, far too easy on him. They talked about the money, but not enough. Something tells me the dude might manage to get away with even this. Hope not though. There’s a chance he’ll at least lose his position if not go to jail. I guess it’ll take a while to play out.


      Furry cows moo and decompress.

    1. @Crazy Utah ::

      Well the name on that petition is Aaron Christner … who is a character in the story already.

      Instead of my signing that petition :: he could send me some damning info … like the rest of that Swallow tape for instance. I think that would be more useful than starting a petition.

      And if it’s not the real Aaron Christner starting the petition :: but instead someone trying to get Aaron Christner fucked over by making it look like he’s doing something he prolly shouldn’t oughta be doing … then that’s weak sauce and I don’t want to sign it.

      1. @SD, hahaha good call! But yes it’s the real Aaron christners petition ;) no bs you want the whole video im sure I can make that happen;)

      2. @SD, ok. I spoke with him and told him to send it you owe me one! Also sign our petition:) but that doesn’t count as my one ;)

  4. That video is hilarious! He has the nerve to make himself out to be a victim and claims he has no money for an attorney? Has anyone seen his million dollar home he still lives in? Explain to me how his assets were all sold yet he lives on a mansion! He is a scammer and I hope he rots in jail.

      1. And Tedd Johnson’s lawyer …

        http://www.venable.com/jeffrey-d-knowles/

        Mr. Knowles is nationally recognized as the leading attorney in the direct response television industry.

        Well that’s interesting to note. Hello Mr. Knowles :: I’m the motherfucking Salty Droid … and it’s very nice to meet you. I really appreciate what you’re doing to help fuck over vulnerable senior citizens. Oh but I know :: that’s not fair … it’s just an “industry” like any other. Right Jeffrey Knowles?

        Venable LLP :: not to be confused with venerable … obviously.

        1. @SD, Perry Belcher should have got him, because mr. Knowles made statements at the FTC Greenlight workshop in 2003:

          Substantiating Health and Safety Claims
          How the FTC applies the “competent and reliable scientific evidence” standard to claims for dietary supplements, weight loss products, and other health-related merchandise

          Speakers:
          Matthew Daynard, Federal Trade Commission
          Jeffrey Knowles, Venable, L.L.P.

          1. @Lanna, I think it’s as long as the telemarketer pretends to be some of a company the consumer has a prior relationship with it’s probably OK, which I guess is what maybe http://thetaxclubnyc.blogspot.com/ is trying to tell us about The Tax Club scripts?

            “I have posted the scripts at the end of this so you can see what was being fed to us. Literally, word for word. Most of the salesmen would not know what to do if the conversation steered off the script, bar a few experienced salesmen who could wing it. The first step of the call was to associate The Tax Club with another company that the potential customer was already familiar with, such as a forum or conference that they attended, or a website used to register a business. These included but were not limited to:

            The Learning Annex

            Legal Zoom

            NMA

            Wealth Intelligence Academy

            Stores Online”

            1. @Jack,

              “LAN line”? No script for S corps? “[O]ne federal & one state return each year you are a member” but no quarterly filings? What a joke!

              The FTC issued some regulatory doublespeak regarding pretending to be another company.

              The [Telemarketing Sales] Rule requires that a telemarketer making an outbound sales call promptly disclose the following four items of information truthfully, clearly, and conspicuously:

              The identity of the seller. The seller is the entity that provides goods or services to the consumer in exchange for payment. The identity of the telemarketer, or person making the call, need not be disclosed if it is different from the identity of the seller. If the seller commonly uses a fictitious name that is registered with appropriate state authorities, it is fine to use that name instead of the seller’s legal name.

              We know they’re talking about a registed DBA name, but how is a jury gonna interpret that? Fictitious names are OK?

            2. @Lanna,

              “Hi, this is Tim calling on behalf of THE TAX CLUB, INC., also doing business as SUCCESS MERCHANT SERVICES, CORPORATE TAX NETWORK, CORPORATE CREDIT, and E-TAX HOTLINE 8882790191, a Utah corporation

              OR

              MANHATTAN PROFESSIONAL GROUP, INC., also doing business as THE TAX CLUB, BOOKEEPING SERVICES, BOOKKEEPING SERVICES, IKONGO, ESSENTIAL PLANNING, CORPORATE TAX NETWORK, BUSINESS DOCUMENT CENTER, THE SUCCESS PLANNING GROUP, ALL ACCESS BOOKS, and VITAL PAYROLL, a New York corporation,

              OR

              5410, INC., also doing business as INTERNET MARKETING SUCCESS, THE SUCCESS PLANNING GROUP, SUCCESS PLANNING GROUP 2, SUCCESS ONLINE, BUSINESS CREDIT, SUCCESS MERCHANT PROCESSING, REAL ESTATE WIRE, DAY TRADE TEAM, FUNDING FASTTRACK, CORPORATE
              CREDIT, CORPORATE CREDIT 2, and PRESTIGE FINANCING SERVICES, a Wyoming corporation,

              OR

              MARBLE BASE, INC., also doing business as • BUSINESS RESOURCES, CORPORATE SOLUTIONS, BUSINESS SUCCESS, BUSINESS SERVICES, ONLINE DEVELOPMENT, and JADE SEEK, a Wyoming corporation,

              6015, LLC, also doing business as CYPRESS”.

            3. @Lanna, or better:

              “Hi, this is Tim calling on behalf of SUCCESS MERCHANT SERVICES, CORPORATE TAX NETWORK, CORPORATE CREDIT, and E-TAX HOTLINE 8882790191, a Utah corporation

              OR

              MANHATTAN PROFESSIONAL GROUP, INC., also doing business as THE TAX CLUB, BOOKEEPING SERVICES, BOOKKEEPING SERVICES, IKONGO, ESSENTIAL PLANNING, CORPORATE TAX NETWORK, BUSINESS DOCUMENT CENTER, THE SUCCESS PLANNING GROUP, ALL ACCESS BOOKS, and VITAL PAYROLL, a New York corporation,

              OR

              5410, INC., also doing business as INTERNET MARKETING SUCCESS, THE SUCCESS PLANNING GROUP, SUCCESS PLANNING GROUP 2, SUCCESS ONLINE, BUSINESS CREDIT, SUCCESS MERCHANT PROCESSING, REAL ESTATE WIRE, DAY TRADE TEAM, FUNDING FASTTRACK, CORPORATE
              CREDIT, CORPORATE CREDIT 2, and PRESTIGE FINANCING SERVICES, a Wyoming corporation,

              OR

              MARBLE BASE, INC., also doing business as • BUSINESS RESOURCES, CORPORATE SOLUTIONS, BUSINESS SUCCESS, BUSINESS SERVICES, ONLINE DEVELOPMENT, and JADE SEEK, a Wyoming corporation,

              6015, LLC, also doing business as CYPRESS…

              …one of which is a DBA/FBN for some sort of business you have an existing relationship with.”

            4. @Jack,

              The Easter Bunny, also doing business as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and The Great Pumpkin, a Cayman Islands corporation.

    1. @Crazy Utah, Maybe thinking of this:

      http://www.law360.com/articles/320746/venable-lures-ftc-leader-over-to-ny-office

      “Law360, Chicago (March 19, 2012, 6:53 PM ET) — Venable LLP said Monday it had snapped up a Federal Trade Commission regional director for its New York office who brings skills the firm said will boost its consumer protection, advertising and antitrust prowess.

      Leonard L. Gordon, who previously served as the FTC’s northeast regional director for the past four years, joined Venable as a partner in its advertising and marketing and antitrust practices, the firm announced.

      Jeffrey Knowles, chair of Venable’s advertising, marketing and new media practice, called Gordon an “outstanding addition” who brings valuable…”

    1. @Crazy Utah ::

      Holy shit. That’s complicated :: and it reads like its been written by an accountant {ha ha} … but I still find it shocking. So the whole New Frontiers / “lost boys” thing :: Shurtleff’s supposed moral cover for friending up JJ in the first place … was also a total fucking scam?!?

      This hurried-up, non-contractual, illegally administered arrangement between Salt Lake County and New Frontiers had another, hidden purpose. According to the currently pending FTC complaint against Johnson, he funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through NFF as a conduit for his “grant-a-day” program operated through I-Works. Through our review of audited financial statements of NFF, and direct testimony from Benward, we verified these allegations in the FTC complaint.

      This is just another case of Johnson running a “philanthropic cover” to conceal ill-gotten gains. And, most disturbing, is the fact that his $200,000-plus campaign donations to Shurtleff purchased political influence that led to taxpayer funding of this ugly arrangement.

      Utah’s new attorney general, John Swallow, was involved directly in Shurtleff’s fundraising efforts. I have come to believe that Johnson fell into the trap of imagining that putting up appearances as a “good-guy philanthropist” would wipe away and cover up his baser activities as a clever fraudster.

      Wow. That’s crazy.

      Over the years I’ve heard that the “lost boys” are part of the Southern Utah boiler room staffing solution … but I’ve never exactly been able to confirm that. If anybody out there wants to talk about it … now’s a good time.

    1. @Crazy Utah,

      Wow, this is edging into first-class whacked-out political scandal territory.

      How is this legal? I mean, if you’re working full time for the AG as an assistant AG, how is that you can lease out your services to someone else at the same time??

      And I know, you can tell me it’s Utah, they do things differently there, and yeah, I’d buy it. But ethically, it’s wrong.

      Here’s the non-mobile link:

      http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/55652673-90/swallow-rawle-johnson-says.html.csp

      1. @mirele,

        In the video interview I saw, even when J. Swallow was trying to be contrite and mea-culpa-ish regarding the recorded conversation with JJ, Swallow still defended the “independent contracting” he did back when he was deputy AG. IIRC, he basically said that it was common for UT deputy AGs to have additional employment outside of their function as deputy AG. When he was pressed on the specifics of what the “consulting” work involved, he said he (now!) didn’t want to interfere the with on-going investigation and he actually got a bit defense at one point and referenced how this is a free market economy and that two parties can basically contract with one another for just about anything and that, that’s a private matter.

        So take that, electorate! Take that, general public!

        But what I’m wondering is why is all this coming out just now? Why did JJ wait until just after the election to out Swallow? Is it somehow more effective this way?

        Furry cows moo and decompress.

        1. @Wyrd, It’s Utah. If Johnson had come out before the election and said this, Swallow would have still gotten elected, because he’s the R on the ticket. There are way too many people belonging to a certain religious organization who think the (R) after the name stands for “Righteous.” And of course, after the election, the thing gets buried….

          However, if you’re really wanting to bollix things up, waiting until after the election is the way to go. Because the guy who replaces Swallow is going to have to be (relatively) as pure as the driven snow (or at least not as dirty as the snow in Salt Lake after a week-long stationary inversion). And since Jeremy Johnson IS going to prison, he’s going to take down as many people as he can. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the entire AG’s office is similarly ethically compromised.

    1. @This Guy ::

      It took them more than 24 hours to delete my comments … noobs.

      Billions of dollars flows into Utah’s Internet Marketing “industry” … and they still can’t figure out YouTube.

    1. @This Guy,

      Bleh! That’s disgusting to tie together Aaron Swartz, who worked on tech like RSS and Reddit and basically gave it away for free, with Jeremy Johnson, who made up get-rich-quick B.S. and sold it for people’s last dimes.

  5. The FTC upped the ante against Jeremy Johnson by going after his family. Looks to me like Johnson was hiding assets by transferring them to his wife, parents and others.

    “The FTC has asked the Nevada federal judge presiding over its lawsuit against Johnson, I Works and related companies and other employees to amend it to include Johnson’s wife, Sharla, and parents, Barbara and Kerry Johnson, and five family-related companies.

    “The proposed new complaint says those named received $22 million, including $1 million worth of silver coins or bars that went to Kerry Johnson. The FTC contends those transfers, from the $275 million taken in by I Works, were improper because the company engaged in illegal marketing practices.

    “FTC spokesman Frank Dorman said in an email that the new complaint is aimed at recovering monies that went to Johnson’s wife and parents ‘to which the relief defendants have no rightful claim. The FTC seeks to disgorge these funds from them in order to increase the amount available for consumer refunds, should the FTC win its case.'”

    And wow, what about a million dollars in silver bars/coins? Hmmm…

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/55685379-79/agency-attorney-companies-complaint.html.csp

    1. @mirele,

      JJ will no doubt spin this into his on-going persecution narrative.

      And yeah, those are all crazy-ridiculous sums of money to me.

      Oh, but JJ’s narrative he’s broke or something, right? Yeah ok. Whatever.


      Furry cows moo and decompress.

  6. Sorry this is the mobile link. John swallows FBI investigation confirmed. Also the department of justice.

    Sorry it’s the mobile link:( I’m being lazy

    1. @Crazy Utah,

      Yep, John, do like JJ said. Meet face to face. And just hope the other party isn’t wearing a wire.

      {natch}

  7. You know shit is going down when Mark Shurtleff is covering his tracks the best he can by trying to team up with the Mormons

    The LDS church has hired Shurtleff to Lobby for them in Nevada about the immigration laws with prez obama…. OF course Shurtleff has to team up with one of the most powerful firms “cults” in Utah. Everyone needs Friends after the Swallow Scandal

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/55726904-90/church-compact-general-http.html.csp

  8. You are completely wrong, his name is NOT the GINGER KING!!???!!

    It’s THE MORMON Bernie Madoff, Get your facts straight!!

      1. @Jack,

        “By creating different entities, they would be able to identify more easily who was committing fraud against them,” said Ms. Porter, the lawyer for I Works. “This is a recognized method of combating fraud.”

        LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. @Jack,

        The e-mail came from an official-sounding account: ftcdocuments@gmail.com.

        Is Gmail what passes for official-sounding at the New York Times? No wonder The Guardian is getting all the important leaks and the Times is barely keeping up with Salty and the Salt Lake Tribune.

        1. @Jack, @Lanna,

          Yeah that NYT article has the problem that when I read it, it doesn’t sound like neutral voice but more like I-like-him-because-of-Haiti-but-I’m-supposed-to-not-like-him internal conflict voice.

          So some remarks about quotes from the article.

          ————-

          Back when JJ was a child…

          “He whipped up some tears and told her ‘my shoes are in the box,’ ” Andy Johnson recalled. When the baby sitter crawled in to retrieve the shoes, the brothers gave the box a gentle push downstairs. “I think that was the end of the baby sitter.”

          Ah, kids and their crazy pranks that can get people killed. Ah, for fun!

          Note the con job and the appeal to sympathy. Note also that the brother, fully grown now, apparently doesn’t realize that this particular memory-chestnut might not exactly cast JJ in the best possible light.
          ————-

          Here’s a lol-moment regarding JJ’s sites like EvilFTC.com. The FTC asked the courts to shut them all down. The court mostly refused (free speech-rah-rah-rah) but the judge had this to say:

          Mr. Johnson had won the first skirmish in his campaign against the government, but the judge did admonish him not to go too far. Referring to a site that Mr. Johnson had set up to criticize the receiver, which he called “RobbEvansfraud.com,” Judge Hunt said, “You need to understand, sir, you are accused in this case of using the Internet to deceive people.”

          The judge added: “When you use this procedure, process of multiple Web sites, which, in the court’s view, deceive or intended to misrepresent or deceive or mischaracterize the court, its appointed receiver or a governmental agency, it’s going to be difficult for you to convince me that you do not use the Internet to deceive at the time of trial.”

          Ah but then there’s the ending to the article..

          “I would hate to think there is someone bigger than Jeremy out there that we missed,” said Professor Vladeck, the former F.T.C. official. “In this field, Jeremy is a whale.”

          … So what I guess Herbalife is just Too Big To Prosecute? And how about those TooBigToFail banks that we bailed out? How’s that working out?

          I mean I guess it’s like–if you want to succeed in evil, you have to stage a program to get the evil to be socially acceptable first. Maybe that’s where JJ messed up. He got too big too fast. Oh well. He’s a lumberjack and he’s ok.


          Furry cows moo and decompress.

      3. @Jack, “Local Hero” that’s great. Easy to be a hero when you’re giving away other people’s $.

  9. I’m five years older than this wanker and yet he looks about 10-15 years older than me… gee, he must be under soooo much stress over all these years defrauding so many people. Could he actually have a guilty conscience or is it more of the dorian grey effect backfiring on him.

    1. @InTheKnow ::

      Yeah … I better post that.

      The Trib should rewrite this story as though they’re the ones who figured it out.

    2. @InTheKnow,

      “The company had an interesting division, she says. Salespeople on one side of the business sold the product without knowing how the other side of the business was actually helping—or not helping—clients.”

      “interesting division” – a.k.a. Utah Boiler Room S.O.P.

    1. Aaron,

      How on earth did you convince a company that needs to maintain PCI DSS compliance to hire you as a Regional Sales Manager with all those alleged Utah Division of Consumer Protection complaints and alleged DUI and possession convictions?

      Oh well, glad to see you getting out of Scamworld.

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