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Published October 23, 2012 5:56 pm

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Bruce Wisan, the United Effort Plan trust administrator, has lawyers to pay and employees to feed. And with some of the polygamous sect trust's bills more than four years late, he doesn't look willing to wait nine months for a court-ordered payment of $5.6 million from Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

In new court documents, Wisan says the AG's office told him he shouldn't expect the payment until July 2013 (read the new filing here). And with two different court cases in the federal system alone, that's too long to wait to pay attorneys. Property taxes are also coming due in May.

Wisan asked 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg what he should do. And she, in turn, ordered Shurtleff to appear in court next week, Nov. 2, to explain where the money's at.

(For the uninitiated: The UEP trust was controlled by Warren Jeffs until Shurtleff moved to take it over in 2005 amid allegations of mismanagement. It's been mired in litigation for the last four years, and is now more than $6 million in debt. Shurtleff was ordered to make a $5.6 million payment to help offset that debt, and is expected to request a special appropriation from the Utah Legislature in January. Update: If the money comes as an addendum to Shurtleff's budget, it wouldn't be allocated until the beginning of the fiscal year in July, according to AG's office spokesman Paul Murphy).