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Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013
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But that deal fell apart Friday after Johnson and prosecutors disagreed over the terms. Johnson instead decided to maintain his not guilty plea and the case is set to go to trial.

If convicted, Johnson could face decades in prison. He is currently free on a $2.8 million bond.

On Saturday, The Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/UGd4Ww) that Johnson provided emails, financial statements, photos, and a transcript of a recorded meeting with Swallow to the newspaper. Only one email from Johnson was available on the newspaper's website.

After the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Johnson and nine business associates in December 2010, Johnson said he asked Swallow to return part of the $250,000 he had paid. Johnson said he doesn't know if anyone connected to Reid received it.