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S. OGDEN MAN IS FREE PENDING APPEAL

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A South Ogden man, who was sentenced last week to serve up to six years in prison for stealing $180,000 from investors, was allowed Monday to remain free pending the outcome of his appeal.

Robert Johnson, 52, appeared before 2nd District Judge Ronald O. Hyde to determine if the defendant should go directly to prison. The judge decided that Johnson would remain free on his own recognizance.Johnson was convicted in March of six counts of securities fraud, six counts of selling unregistered securities and one count of employing an unregistered securities agent. He was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay full restitution.

The defendant and his business partner, Blake Adams, 36, Mesa, Ariz., were arrested about a year and a half ago on charges they stole $180,000 from investors in 1984.

Adams entered guilty pleas to three fraud charges last August following plea negotiations. He was sentenced to serve 30 days in the Weber County Jail and also ordered to pay full restitution.