Former attorney general John Swallow charged with additional felony for houseboat vacation


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SALT LAKE CITY — Former Attorney General John Swallow is facing an additional felony charge of accepting a gift while serving in public office.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill added the charge Thursday. It's the 14th count Swallow, a Republican, faces in a broader bribery case.

Gill says in court documents that in 2010, Swallow and his family vacationed in Nevada on the luxury houseboat of a Utah businessman who had been scrutinized by regulators.

Swallow was serving as chief deputy in the attorney general's office at the time.

Swallow's lawyer Stephen McCaughey says the trip wasn't a gift but a stay with a friend who didn't expect or receive anything in return.

Swallow's predecessor Mark Shurtleff faces nine charges in a separate bribery case.

Both men have denied wrongdoing but have not yet entered pleas.

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