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The Head Of An Arizona Utility Company Steps Down After Indictment

The head of a utility company indicted Thursday stepped down from management of the company.

The owner of Johnson Utilities, George Johnson, was indicted by a federal grand jury. He was accused of bribing former corporation commissioner Gary Pierce.

The indictment said Johnson and a lobbyist for his company funneled money to Pierce and his wife. All four were indicted by the grand jury.

On Friday, an attorney for Johnson filed a notice with the corporation commission saying Johnson had removed himself from all management duties of Johnson Utilities, effective immediately, in order to devote his time to defending himself.

Al Macias, former KJZZ news director, is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.