SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has ordered convicted white-collar criminal Jeremy Johnson to be jailed until he’s sentenced in June.
At a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer rejected Johnson’s request to remain free pending the sentencing date. Johnson argued that he was wearing a GPS monitoring device and had complied with the terms of his release.
But federal prosecutors claimed Johnson was a flight risk with access to large sums of money. Judge Nuffer agreed.
Johnson was convicted by a jury last week on eight counts of making a false statement, but acquitted on 78 other fraud and money laundering charges. Johnson is a key figure in the criminal cases against former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff and prosecutors’ desire to speak with him was referenced in Friday’s court hearing.
Johnson’s co-defendant, Ryan Riddle, was allowed to be released pending sentencing.