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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Two LDS SLOC Execs Could Face Charges
Deseret News 15Mar00 S2
By Lisa Riley Roche and Hans Camporreales: Deseret News staff writers

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- After federal prosecutors filed a plea agreement with former U.S. Olympic Committee official Alfredo LaMont, speculation has centered on whether or not LDS Church members Tom Welch and Dave Johnson will be prosecuted for their role in the Salt Lake Olympic bid scandal as a result. Documents on file with the U.S. Department of Justice say that Salt Lake bid committee "Officers 1 and 2" conspired with LaMont.

Attorneys for Welch and Johnson say they didn't conspire with LaMont, but legal observers say that the two former Salt Lake Olympic Committee executives are the target of the federal investigation that has gone on for more than a year. But the plea agreement with LaMont apparently does little to strengthen a case against Welch and Johnson.

LaMont plead guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court to two counts of tax fraud in exchange for his cooperation. He told the judge that he had agreed wtih two SLOC executives to be paid and receive money and hid that money. The SLOC paid LaMont more than $48,000.


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