|Inmate claims Swallow knew about Shurtleff’s $2 million bribe |
Updated: 5/30 11:15 am | Published: 5/30 10:58 am
Reported by: Cristina Rendon
Inmate claims Swallow knew about Shurtleff’s bribe
DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The accusations keep pouring out from behind the walls of the Utah State Prison where inmate Marc Jenson said the former and current Attorney Generals of Utah tried to get $2 million dollars from him.
Jenson is in jail for a failing to pay $4 million in restitution and he faces a new set of fraud charges that were filed in August 2011.
Jenson met with ABC 4 Utah Reporter Cristina Rendon Wednesday at the Utah State Prison. An audio recording of the interview was allowed, but a video recording was not allowed.
Jenson said Shurtleff asked for the money in 2009 when he paid for Shurtleff and Swallow to visit his posh villa in Newport Beach, California.
“John Swallow was by Shurtleff’s side when Mark Shurtleff asked me for $2 million,” Jenson said. “Mark Shurtleff treated it as if he were asking for $2.”
Jenson claimed Shurtleff needed the money to take care of business with Darl McBride. McBride had invested money with prominent businessman Mark Robbins. After the deal went bad, McBride was pursuing Robbins to get his money back.
McBride said he previously recorded a conversation with Shurtleff offered him $2 million to back off of Robbins and claimed he could get the money from Jenson.
“I said, ‘Mark I cannot.’ First of all I don’t have the money and I cannot give $2 million to someone I don’t know.”
Jenson was a free man at the time after he struck a plea deal with the Attorney General’s Office of six charges of securities fraud filed in August 2005. He said he refused the money because he was in a plea-in-abeyance program and ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.
“Mark Shurtleff said ‘Well you’ve got protection in the AG’s office now’ and John Swallow, all he did was nod his head.”
Jenson said Swallow was confident at the time he would be the Utah’s next Attorney General.
After failing to pay the $4 million in restitution, Jenson was sentenced to prison in August 2011.
Mark Shurtleff has made no comment on the allegations.
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office released a statement. It reads:
“Mr. Swallow walled himself off of the Jenson investigation and prosecution in approximately June, 2011. Mr. Jenson is in prison serving his sentence and is being aggressively prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office on additional felony charges. Mr. Jenson is in prison for fraud and there is no reason to believe any of the outrageous claims he is now making especially since he had every opportunity to make them when he pleaded guilty and when he was sentenced.”
Jenson said the truth will come out.
“The truth is going to be a very very hard thing for certain people and it will be a very very good thing for me,” he added.