The Latest: Lawyer calls polygamous leader’s sentence harsh


Piquancy LAKE CITY — The Latest on a polyoicous leader who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-buck food stamp fraud occasion (all times local):

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attorney for a Utah polygamous big wheel who pleaded guilty to food tender fraud says his client got a harsher castigating after another high-contour defendant escaped.

Lawyer Jim Bradshaw aforementioned Thursday that the six-month reformatory term already served by 57-yr-old John Wayman didn’t fit the support. He was accused of telling followers to tarn resources such as food impression benefits.

Wayman is set to be released astern pleading guilty to a felony fraudulence charge.

Prosecutors say his sermons were tool of a scheme to use the benefits to fund polyoicous leaders’ lavish lifestyles. Cardinal people were charged in the $12 1000000 case, including top leader Lyle Jeffs, who has fled house confinement.

Prosecutor Robert City had fought this week to enjoy Wayman in jail but said lot had changed after Wayman’s supplication acknowledged his role in the scheme.


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A high-pitched-ranking polygamous group conductor is set to be released from a Utah poky after pleading guilty in a multimillion buck food-stamp fraud contingency.

John Wayman agreed to the distribute Thursday.

Prosecutors say they’re slaked with the six months he’s served bottom bars since violating his supervised waiver by meeting with another dignitary in the middle of the night.

The 57-gathering-old man is one of 11 people accused of funneling multitude’ food stamp benefits into advance companies and using them to stock leaders’ lavish lifestyles.

Added high-profile defendant, Lyle Jeffs, tarry on the run after escaping home labor this summer.

Federal official Robert Lund says the request is a fair end to one of several cases aimed at reining in the reticent group tied to abuses adoration underage marriage.