U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland announced today the sentencing of a 15th person for defrauding a federally financed program run by the state to feed poor children after school and during summers.

Waymon Weeams, 37, of Rock Wall, Texas, received a 15-month prison sentence and was ordered to repay more than $697,000. He sponsored a feeding program through SI&B Outreach, nominally to feed as many as 872 children a day at sites in Wynne, Forrest City and Marianna. No one was fed at Forrest City, perhaps 10 to 50 received meals at the other sites, the government said.

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The U.S. attorney said Weeams was recruited to participate in the scheme by Anthony Waits. Waits’ wife, Gladys Waits, worked for DHS and approved Weeams’ application.
Weeams paid Anthony Waits approximately 40 percent of the $697,236.41 Weeams received.

Two others have pleaded guilty and not yet been sentenced and one other person has not yet been arraigned on charges in the probe, which has discovered millions in improper payments.