SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge Tuesday signed off on a gag order against federally indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that (http://bit.ly/11C5pl4 ) U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Warner issued an order Tuesday formally muzzling Johnson, attorneys and some employees at a business involved in the case.
The U.S. attorney's office asked for the order, saying Johnson has used the media to publicly besmirch the office. They allege in court documents that Johnson used Facebook, other websites and Utah media outlets to wrongly accuse the government of misconduct.
The St. George businessman faces 86 counts of fraud and money laundering. He was indicted last year on three such counts. Prosecutors say Johnson's businesses fraudulently enrolled millions of people in get-rich schemes, charging their credit cards without authorization. Johnson has maintained innocence.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com