A judge on Wednesday released from jail another defendant in an alleged food stamp fraud case associated with the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, saying he was unimpressed by evidence that the defendant had purportedly once aided Warren Jeffs.
The defendant, Nephi Allred, is still charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud related to what prosecutors have alleged was a scheme involving the theft of food stamp benefits. A trial is scheduled to begin May 31, though it is likely to be postponed.
Allred, 40, must reside in Salt Lake County for at least the next 30 days and wear a GPS ankle monitor. Federal Judge Ted Stewart also placed one unusual condition on Allred: he cannot have contact with Ben Johnson, who prosecutors Wednesday described as the new FLDS bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., the traditional home of the FLDS.