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Polygamous leader pleads guilty in food stamp fraud

SALT LAKE CITY – A high ranking polygamous leader of the group is set to be released from Utah jail after pleading guilty in a multimillion dollar food stamp fraud.

John Wayman agreed to the deal Thursday.

Prosecutors say that they are satisfied with the six months he served behind bars because of violating its controlled release by a meeting with a leader in the middle of the night.

The 57-year-old man is one of the 11 people accused of funneling followers’ food stamp benefits to companies and to use them for the financing of the leaders of the lavish lifestyle.

Another high-profile defendant, Lyle Jeffs, remains on the run after escaping from the confinement at home this summer.

Federal prosecutor Robert Lund, said it is a fair conclusion to one of several cases focused on curbing the secretive group tied to abuses as underage marriage.

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