Convicted former Utah businessman mistakenly freed from jail

Published on March 15, 2017 at 02:07PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a high-profile Utah businessman who is serving a federal prison sentence for lying to banks is back in custody after a few hours of freedom when he was mistakenly released from the Salt Lake County jail. Jeremy Johnson’s attorney, Mary Corporon, tells the Deseret News her client turned himself in to U.S. marshals Tuesday morning. Jail officials say paperwork didn’t show Johnson was a federal prison inmate, so he was released on Monday. Corporon didn’t say much about what he did while he was free. Johnson was jailed Feb. 15 for contempt-of-court after refusing to testify in the criminal case against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. Swallow was acquitted March 2 of bribery and evidence tampering charges in one of the highest-profile scandals in state history.