Lieutenant governor plans to investigate bribery allegation

Lieutenant governor plans to investigate bribery allegation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert -- who is in charge of Utah's Division of Elections -- has decided that a bribery allegation in the state treasurer's race should be investigated.

Deputy Treasurer Richard Ellis filed a complaint with the state elections office, accusing state Representative Mark Walker of offering to let Ellis keep his job and get a 53 percent raise if Ellis would drop out the race.

Herbert waited until the polls closed tonight to decide whether an investigation into the complaint was warranted. He said he didn't want to influence the outcome of the primary election. Both Ellis and Walker are Republicans.

The Utah Attorney General's Office will handle the investigation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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