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Former GOP candidate for Utah attorney general charged with bribery

Jul 10, 2024, 12:16 PM | Updated: Jul 11, 2024, 11:55 am

Former GP candidate, Frank Mylar...

Frank Mylar answers questions during a media scrum after the attorney general GOP primary debate with Derek Brown and Rachel Terry at the KUED Studio on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Rick Eagan, Salt Lake Tribune/pool)

(Rick Eagan, Salt Lake Tribune/pool)

SALT LAKE CITY — A former GOP candidate for Utah attorney general has been charged with bribery for allegedly offering one of his opponents a job if he dropped out of the race.

Frank Mylar, 62, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of bribery in elections, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Mylar was one of several Republicans who sought to replace Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is not running for re-election. Mylar advanced out of the GOP convention but lost to Derek Brown in last month’s primary.

According to charging documents, prior to the state Republican convention in April, Mylar reached out to fellow candidate Trent Christensen with an offer.

“Hey Trent. In my last day of trial and by Gods [sic] grace my campaign has picked up more steam,” Mylar wrote, according to prosecutors. “I won in Weber and was only there 10 minutes. Overwhelmingly won Davis. If you could endorse me before the convention I would definitely include you in my office. Think about it for a few days. Thx. Good luck today.”

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Former GOP candidate for Utah attorney general charged with bribery