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FLDS man surrenders, 3 others released from jail

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 20:11:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A man indicted by a federal grand jury on food stamp fraud and money laundering charges has surrendered to the FBI.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah announced Thursday that Nephi Allred had surrendered and was booked into the Purgatory Jail. Four members of the polygamous Utah-based Fundamentalist LDS Church remain fugitives in the case.

Meanwhile, three FLDS members indicted by the feds were released from jail. Winford Barlow, Ruth Barlow and Kristal Dutson were allowed to be released, but a federal judge ordered them to wear GPS monitoring bracelets, along with regularly checking in with federal authorities.

Eleven people, including FLDS bishop Lyle Jeffs, were indicted on welfare fraud and money laundering charges. FLDS leaders are accused of ordering members to hand over their SNAP cards and misusing them. Lyle Jeffs is the brother of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who is currently doing life in a Texas prison for child sex assault related to underage “marriages.”