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Reid denies involvement in Utah businessman scheme

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 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office says the
senator was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay Reid to make a
 federal investigation disappear.
   St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says a top official in the Utah attorney
 general's office orchestrated an agreement in 2010 to pay $600,000 to someone
connected to Reid.
   Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that he believed Reid would
 intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into his business.
Johnson is accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme.
   A spokeswoman for Reid's office, Kristen Orthman, says the Nevada Democrat
“had no knowledge or involvement" in Johnson's case and said the allegations "are
nothing more than innuendo and simply not true."
   The top official who allegedly arranged the deal three years ago -- John Swallow
also denies the accusation.
   Swallow has since been elected the state's attorney general. He was sworn in
earlier this month.
   AP-WF-01-14-13 2117GMT

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