Feds call for gag order against Jeremy Johnson

Posted at 8:53 PM, Jan 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-01 00:26:06-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Federal prosecutors want Jeremy Johnson to stop talking, and writing and communicating any of his unflattering opinions about their integrity.

Johnson is the founder of St. George-based Internet company I Works that was once valued at more than $100 million before the Federal Trade Commission seized most of the company, saying Johnson was defrauding millions of customers.

Johnson says the federal government was never willing to listen to him and he decided to take his case online with websites like the Jeremy Johnson Blog, a mock Facebook fan page for the U.S. Attorney for Utah and

"Well they've been kind of evil to us," Johnson says.

Johnson also has said the U.S. Attorney's Office has threatened his family, citing a PowerPoint presentation created by prosecutors where members of Johnson's family were listed as possible perpetrators of bank fraud and money laundering.

Johnson appears in federal court on Friday to hear federal prosecutors make their case that he should be ordered to stop talking about his case in public. Their order says his statements have been inflammatory with the intent to spoil the pool of potential jurors.