Attorneys find no felony behavior in State Treasurer's race

Attorneys find no felony behavior in State Treasurer's race

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(KSL News) An investigation by the Weber and Davis County attorneys into allegations of impropriety in the race for State Treasurer found no felony behavior; however, criminal charges may still be filed.

The case will now return to the Salt Lake City prosecutor's office and the Salt Lake City municipal court to be screened.

Former state Rep. Mark Walker was accused of offering Richard Ellis a hefty raise to drop out of the race and keep his post as deputy treasurer.

Walker denied the allegations, but resigned his seat in the Legislature the night before a House Ethics Committee hearing was to investigate his conduct in July.

Ellis beat Walker handily in the Republican primary in June.

A formal screening will likely take place with Salt Lake City prosecutor Sim Gill, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings and Weber County Attorney Mark DeCaria within the next few days. They will determine if any criminal charges should be filed.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff passed the case to Weber and Davis County prosecutors because he endorsed Mark Walker.

(Asociated Press contributed to this report.)

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