Lindon man accused of trying to kill witnesses to alleged scam

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah investor facing charges for running a Ponzi scheme now is accused of trying to arrange the murder of those scheduled to testify at his trial.

Jeffrey Mowen, 47, formerly of Lindon, was indicted Wednesday for solicitation to commit a crime of violence, tampering with a witness and retaliating against a witness.

Federal prosecutors say Mowen tried to get a fellow Davis County Jail inmate to kill four people to keep them from testifying against him. He is accused of running a scam that cost investors $10 million.

Mowen could spend 20 years in prison if convicted of wire fraud charges.

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