Jeremy Johnson asks jurors to send him home

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SALT LAKE CITY — St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson pleaded with jury members Friday to let him go home.

Jeremy Johnson, July 2015 | Photo courtesy of Facebook, St. George News
Jeremy Johnson, July 2015 | Photo courtesy of Johnson’s Facebook page, St. George News

Johnson is representing himself in the federal case against him. During closing arguments, he said he’s waited five years to talk to the jury, claiming they’re the reason he hasn’t already been convicted.

“You’re the only thing that stands between us and completely destroyed lives,” Johnson said.

Fox 13 Now reports Johnson and two other defendants, Ryan Riddle and Scott Leavitt, face 86 counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Prosecutors claim the offenses were carried out through their company iWorks.

The management set up 281 merchant accounts to run credit cards. The move, they said, came after their company’s main account was terminated for excessive chargebacks.

Johnson claims they did it under the advice and help of bankers to save their company. He said federal prosecutors are hinging their case on one email that seems to indicate managers were trying to hide the fact the accounts were associated with iWorks.

See the rest of the story with video at Fox 13 Now.com.

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6 Comments

  • ladybugavenger March 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Stay in jail for a decade or two

  • RealMcCoy March 21, 2016 at 10:49 am

    In this case his new home is a federal prison, so yes, send him home!
    Passively awaiting dotboy’s 5th grade response to this comment.
    I anticipate : YOU go home, RealMcDumDum…

    • .... March 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      You go home RealMcStupid

      • RealMcCoy March 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

        At least you’re reliable. Hahaha!

        • .... March 23, 2016 at 6:00 am

          At least your always the same idiot

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