Utah businessman at the center of attorneys general bribery case moving toward fraud trial

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson is scheduled to go to trial in March on Internet fraud charges, but issues remain with the evidence in the case.

A federal judge said during a hearing Thursday that a database created to organize the volumes of documents filed by prosecutors should help move the case along.

Johnson's lawyers say they need a computer taken by a former employee with evidence necessary to his defense. The judge suggested they get a court order for it.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1yDL8Xx) prosecutors say Johnson's company offered bogus government grants online. He has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.

Johnson is a central figure in the cases against two former Utah attorneys general accused of accepting gifts from him.

Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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