Prosecutors shift focus of fraud charges against St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson

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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors are slightly shifting the focus of charges against St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who is accused of using his online company to fraudulently make millions of dollars.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah filed a new indictment Wednesday that keeps the 86 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering that Johnson and four business associates faced but ties the charges to allegations that the company deceived banks by using shell companies and straw owners to sell products online.

Prosecutors had earlier included allegations that the products themselves were bogus promises to help customers get government grants.

Johnson and his co-defendants had pleaded not guilty to those charges. They're due back in court Friday morning to enter pleas to the new indictment.

A judge on Friday is also expected to set a trial date.

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