Polygamous Sect Leaders Arrested for Food Stamp Fraud, Money Laundering

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(SALT LAKE CITY)—Federal prosecutors are indicting top leaders and members of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect on accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release Tuesday that the leaders of the sect diverted funds from Utah’s nutrition assistance program for inappropriate use. Eleven people are charged in the scheme, including Lyle Jeffs and Seth Jeffs, who are brothers of imprisoned polygamous leader Warren Jeffs. Lyle Jeffs runs day-to-day operations in the polygamous community of Hildale, Utah, on the Arizona border. Hundreds of law enforcement agents have been raiding businesses in the town Tuesday. Seth Jeffs leads a branch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in South Dakota.
TIME