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    ST. GEORGE – A tenth member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints entered a plea of not guilty in federal court in St. George Monday on the heels of a federal indictment alleging he was part of a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud and money laundering scheme. In a separate hearing Monday, a […]

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    ST. GEORGE – A federal judge denied release Wednesday for another leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, ruling he posed a serious risk of fleeing before trial. In a separate hearing, an eleventh FLDS member entered a plea of not guilty. Both men have been federally indicted in a multimillion-dollar […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Eleven members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints named in a federal indictment case alleging they took part in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud and money laundering scheme are scheduled to face trial in federal court in May. A status hearing was held in federal court in St. […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Seth Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamous sect in South Dakota, has been released from jail in a surprise decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart in Salt Lake City’s federal court. Following his February arrest on a federal indictment alleging he was part of […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Lyle Jeffs, who has been running the day-to-day operations of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamous sect, will have to wait for U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart’s decision to find out if he will be released from jail. Lawyers for Lyle Jeffs, the last defendant still jailed after the […]

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    ST. GEORGE — A federal judge has denied polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs’ request to be released from jail pending trial on food stamp fraud and money laundering charges, ruling Jeffs poses a serious risk of fleeing before trial. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart issued a written ruling Thursday agreeing with prosecutors that no set of conditions […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Three leaders in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have been arrested for allegedly violating the terms of their pretrial release from jail in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud and money laundering case. Seth Jeffs – brother to imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs – and John Wayman, a business owner and […]

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    ST. GEORGE — A leader in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was ordered to be released from custody during a federal court hearing Wednesday after it was found that he had not violated the terms of his pretrial release in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud and money laundering case. Preston Barlow was […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are in “serious chaos” and undergoing an “extreme food shortage” since leader Lyle Jeffs fled federal authorities, an attorney for a polygamous sect leader said in federal court Monday during the latest hearing in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case. […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Federal authorities are offering a $50,000 reward to the person or persons who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of polygamous sect leader Lyle Steed Jeffs, whom authorities said they believe is hiding in Utah. “We believe that Lyle Jeffs may still be in the United States and, indeed, in Utah, so […]

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    ST. GEORGE — One of the 11 defendants charged in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case has been released from jail after striking a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Initially charged with one felony count of conspiracy to defraud the nutrition assistance program and one […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Another high-ranking leader in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints charged in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case has been released from jail after accepting a plea deal with federal prosecutors. During a change of plea hearing Wednesday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, Seth Jeffs, brother […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Six of the 11 defendants charged in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case struck plea deals with federal prosecutors Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. George. Initially charged with one felony count of conspiracy to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamous sect leader Lyle Steed Jeffs is in police custody after nearly a year on the lam, the FBI Field Office in Salt Lake City announced Thursday. Jeffs, 57, was arrested in South Dakota around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was booked into the Minnehaha County […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamous sect leader Lyle Steed Jeffs, who had been on the run from authorities for almost a year, did not resist arrest Wednesday night in South Dakota, officials said Thursday at a news conference in Salt Lake City. Jeffs had been living out […]

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    ST. GEORGE — A federal grand jury has issued a new indictment against Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamous sect leader Lyle Steed Jeffs. Jeffs, who had been on the run from authorities for nearly a year prior to his recent arrest, has been charged with a new felony count for failure […]

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    ST. GEORGE — Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs entered a not guilty plea in federal court Monday on charges related to food stamp fraud and failure to appear in court. After nearly a year on the run from authorities, Jeffs made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge […]

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    ST. GEORGE — The FBI has paid out a $50,000 reward to two people who provided information that led to the arrest of Lyle Jeffs on June 14, ending a nearly year-long search for the fugitive. The reward money was divided proportionally between the two unnamed tipsters, based on their level of assistance, the FBI said Monday. […]

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    ST. GEORGE — In a highly-publicized multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Jeffs appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart where he pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and failing to appear […]

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a 5-year prison sentence for a polygamous sect leader who pleaded guilty in a food-stamp fraud and escape case. Prosecutors argued in court documents filed Friday that Lyle Jeffs should serve the maximum sentence because he ran the scheme to divert some $11 million in food-stamp benefits […]