Crackdown in Short Creek

Federal prosecutors have indicted top leaders and members of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect of accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that the polygamous group diverted funds from Utah’s nutrition assistance program for inappropriate use by leaders of a group known as Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A total of 11 people are charged in the scheme, including Lyle Jeffs and Seth Jeffs. They are the brothers of imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs. Lyle Jeffs runs the day-to-day operations in Hildale, Utah. Seth Jeffs leads a branch of the group in South Dakota. Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, has researched the FLDS and is available for comment on this developing story.

Amos Guiora, Phone: 216-470-6386,