Associate of Shurtleff, Swallow facing felony charges

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An associate of former Utah Attorney Generals Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday on felony charges.

The 49-year-old Timothy Lawson is charged with intimidating witnesses, interfering with criminal cases and working as a go-between for Shurtleff and a convicted fraudster. Lawson was charged last week as part of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at the Utah Attorney General's Office.

Court documents show Lawson represented himself as a representative of Shurtleff and accepted $120,000 from a businessman to curry favor with the state's top law enforcement officer. In 2008, Shurtleff's office prosecuted a case against the businessman, Marc Jenson.

Shurtleff's attorney says Lawson had no special access to him and was told to stop making claims he was a "fixer" for Shurtleff.

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