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Prosecutors seek $600K from convicted businessman Jeremy Johnson

FILE - Former St. George multi-millionaire Jeremy Johnson speaks to reporters after being found guilty on 8 of 86 charges at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 25, 2016. In addition to spending years behind bars, federal prosecutors
FILE - Former St. George multi-millionaire Jeremy Johnson speaks to reporters after being found guilty on 8 of 86 charges at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 25, 2016. In addition to spending years behind bars, federal prosecutors want convicted online marketer Johnson to return more than $600,000.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — In addition to spending years behind bars, federal prosecutors want convicted online marketer Jeremy Johnson to return more than $600,000.

Prosecutors say Johnson received $603,543 in credit card payments from merchant accounts he fraudulently set up through shell companies, according to a motion filed in U.S. District Court.

A jury convicted Johnson on eight counts of making false statements to a bank. It acquitted him of 78 fraud charges.

Prosecutors calculated under a federal sentencing formula that Johnson could spend as long as 34 years in prison. But they recommend his term be not less than 14 years and no more than 17 ½ years.

Johnson, who is challenging his conviction, remains in jail pending a sentencing hearing now scheduled for July 29.