FLDS members attend food stamp class as part of plea deal

L-R: John Wayman, Lyle Jeffs, Seth Jeffs, Hyrum Dutson, Kristal Dutson, Preston Barlow, Winford Barlow, Ruth Barlow, Rulon Barlow, Kimball Barlow and Nephi Allred were federally indicted Feb. 23, 2016, in a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case | St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Utah’s largest polygamous church convicted in a massive food stamp fraud scheme attended a special class on the proper use of government benefits.

The class – created especially for them – was part of the terms of their plea deals. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah, which prosecuted them, confirmed to FOX 13 the class was held last week at Colorado City Town Hall.

By completing the class, nine members and leaders of the FLDS Church are no longer under the thumb of the federal government. They all struck plea bargains with prosecutors in the aftermath of an FBI raid last year on the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

Read the full story here: Fox13Now.com.

Written by BEN WINSLOW, Fox13Now.com

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8 Comments

  • Real Life April 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Oh wow, that ‘ll teach em’. LOL! These pedophiles get away with murder.

  • ladybugavenger April 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Ridiculous! They are just learning (and this course should be titled), “How to commit fraud and get away with it,” brought to you by the State of Utah, because you are good people and we care

  • arrowone April 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Let us get this straight. You forgot to mention the 14 million dollars stolen and 100 dollar fines received. This is unbelievable. If you think there are no soft judges that lean towards helping anything with the LDS name in it, you are behind the rock. The people (us) got back 1100 dollars out of 14 million. What is wrong with this picture? Sort of makes one want to think about being a crook.

  • Kyle L. April 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    They will always get away with anything and everything they want. They laugh at us for trying to stop them. WE are a joke to them.

  • Rob83 April 20, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Naw, it seemed kind of vague on the exact way fraud was committed to me. Looks like they’ll be paying their dues is the plea deals taken. The law is the law, nobody is above it.

  • Rob83 April 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Also, it doesn’t appear they got away with this to me.

    • ladybugavenger April 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

      That’s what the classes are for. Lol to educate them so they can manipulate their ways to not be caught in the future

  • utahdiablo April 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Contact the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to get this Plea Deal thrown out…..This is total BS, a slap on the wrist and a $100 fine to steal $12 Million from We the People? Get involved

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