Mar 23, 2016

Another defendant in polygamous sect food stamp fraud case is freed

The Salt Lake Tribune
March 22,  2016
A high-ranking member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be released from jail while he awaits trial on federal fraud charges.
John Clifton Wayman must reside in the Salt Lake City area for at least the next 30 days and wear an ankle monitor, according to terms set Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart.
Stewart's decision overruled Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead, who wanted to keep Wayman, 56, in jail. Wayman's attorney, Jim Bradshaw, on Tuesday said the case for release was aided when prosecutors admitted that previous information about Wayman having once gone into hiding was incorrect.
"Obviously we're very pleased with [Stewart's] findings," Bradshaw said.
Wayman had been in jail since his Feb. 23 arrest.
That day, federal prosecutors unsealed indictments against 11 members of the FLDS. Each was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud and one county of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors allege the 11 were instrumental in having FLDS members misuse their food stamp benefits to divert merchandise or cash to the church.
Wayman is a business owner and former bishop who provided vehicles, cash and other items that helped FLDS Preside

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