Former Utah official on 5-year probation after LDS scam

LDS church issues statement about weekend events in Charlottesville (File photo: MGN)

(KUTV) Former Utah County commissioner, Gary Jay Anderson, was sentenced to 5 years of probation and $162,606 in restitution after posing as a Mormon official with another business man.

Prosecutors accused the men of posing as church officials to trick companies into investing in an industrial park and rail line.

Anderson, who posed as the Presiding Bishop, was sentenced on Friday, previously pleaded guilty to 1 count of communications fraud, a second-degree felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and 3 other charges- all of which were second-degree felonies.

As part of the court deal, if Anderson is able to get a job and repay all of his victims, charges will be dismissed.

If he is unable to pay off the restitution in 5 years, his court-supervised probation will be extended.

Anderson, a former attorney, surrendered his law license as part of the plea deal.

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