- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - A defendant in a polygamous sect’s food stamp fraud scheme has been released from jail after an update to the terms of his release.

Preston Barlow was re-arrested Tuesday in the small Utah town of Hildale after prosecutors say he and his co-defendants violated their terms of release by being in same location on multiple days. Prosecutors say the men’s GPS monitors tipped them off, but defense attorneys denied the allegations.

A federal judge on Wednesday modified Barlow’s terms of release to prohibit any communication with his co-defendants.

Sect leader Lyle Jeffs was also accused in the scheme. The escaped home confinement in Salt Lake City six weeks ago and is still on the loose.

Prosecutors strongly opposed the release of all three men, telling judges they were flight risks.



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