Polygamist leaders destitute in large raid in Utah

Members of Polygamist Community Charged With Food Stamp Fraud

A dozen leaders leaders who have been using a organisation of a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were indicted and arrested Tuesday amid charges of food stamp fraud.

The 11 arrested organisation embody Lyle Jeffs, hermit of a high-profile personality Warren Jeffs, who has been portion a life judgment for intimately assaulting his child brides, who were 12 and 15 years old.

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Jeffs and other leaders were arrested in raids in Salt Lake City, Utah and a village of Short Creek where they live — that comprises a towns of a Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.

Isaac Wyler, a former member of a church, told the Salt Lake Tribune that a raid seemed to be biggest he had seen given a 1953 raid in that authorities descended on a city to detain a largest law coercion raid in a towns given 1953, when Arizona authorities arrived to detain each adult masculine in a village on charges of polygamy.

“There are officers all over town,” Wyler told a paper.

Check out images of a village in a 1950s:

Short Creek 1953 polygamy raid

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According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, they are indicted of forcing members of a village to share a food assistance — partial of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) advantages module — and obstruct it to a village resource.

“This complaint is not about religion. This complaint is about fraud,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber pronounced in a matter released Tuesday. “This complaint charges a worldly organisation of people handling in a Hildale-Colorado City village who conspired to deceive a module dictated to assistance low-income people and families squeeze food.”

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The Short Creek community’s advantages volume to millions of dollars annually, according to a release.

“The violations enclosed in a complaint are generally gross given they lay that leaders of a swindling destined others to dedicate crimes, for that usually certain people benefited,” Eric Barnhart, Special Agent in Charge of a FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office pronounced in a statement. “This form of control represents zero reduction than pristine theft. The FBI and the law coercion partners will actively pursue those entities or persons who unlawfully manipulate and control supervision programs for their possess gain.”

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