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FBI ends investigation into Miller, Mayor McAdams dispute

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 12:52:57-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has closed its investigation into accusations leveled between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and former state lawmaker Justin Miller.

“The FBI looked into it and found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Ben McAdams and is no longer investigating it,” FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer told FOX 13 on Thursday.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams marches in the 2014 St. Patrick's Day parade with Justin Miller in this photo from the McAdams for Mayor campaign Facebook page.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams marches in the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade with Justin Miller in this photo from the McAdams for Mayor campaign Facebook page.

McAdams accused Miller, his former campaign manager, of stealing more than $30,000 from his campaign accounts. Miller, in turn, accused the mayor of questionable government contracts with a public affairs firm. The FBI and Davis County Attorney had said they were investigating both accusations.

Miller pleaded guilty to felony communications fraud, admitting to taking the campaign money. He resigned from the Utah State Legislature and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Mayor McAdams’ office has maintained he did nothing improper. McAdams’ spokeswoman declined to comment on the conclusion of the FBI investigation.