- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Another one of the alleged ringleaders of a multi-million dollar food stamp fraud scheme in a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona has been released from jail.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/232Je2N ) Nephi Allred was given his release Wednesday when judge Ted Stewart decided prosecution’s evidence that Allred helped sect leader Warren Jeffs evade capture in the mid-2000s wasn’t sufficient.

Stewart ordered Allred to wear an ankle monitor and avoid contact with Ben Johnson, who prosecutors said is now running operations in the community. Prosecutors say Johnson visited Allred in jail in an attempt to influence Allred’s testimony.

Allred’s release comes after John Wayman was let out last week. That leaves only two of the 11 charged behind bars: Lyle Jeffs and Seth Jeffs. They are brothers of Warren Jeffs and high-ranking leaders.

Allred has pleaded not guilty to the charges.



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