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FLDS leader Warren Jeffs’ brother will be brought back to Utah to face charges

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 12:52:14-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Seth Jeffs, the brother of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs will be brought back to Utah to face food stamp fraud and money laundering charges.

Jeffs appeared before a federal judge in South Dakota this morning, where the judge ruled he should remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending his return to Utah. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah did not have a timetable for when he would appear before a judge here.

A federal grand jury indicted Jeffs, his brother Lyle Jeffs (another leader in the FLDS Church), and other leaders and members in the Utah-based polygamous church on charges accusing them of bilking taxpayers out of more than $12 million by ordering members on welfare to hand over their food stamp cards to the church’s “United Order.”

Seth Jeffs is the bishop over the FLDS Church’s Custer, South Dakota compound.