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FLDS Food Stamp Trial Delayed

FLDS Food Stamp Trial Delayed
May 25
11:09 2016

The trial for eleven members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints accused of food stamp fraud has been pushed back from its original start date of May 31st.

The trial has been delayed until October 3rd.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart granted a motion from the U.S. Attorney for Utah to delay the trial until early October. Prosecutors argued that there was simply too much evidence for either prosecutors or defendants to be prepared for a May trial.

The FBI, along with other agencies, have gathered over 50 terabytes of evidence with some of that evidence still yet to be handed over to defense attorneys. The trial will cap a two year investigation.

Prosecutors argue the eleven defendants cost tax payers more than $12 million after FLDS leaders ordered members to hand over  food stamp benefits.

In February , the eleven church leaders were indicted after law enforcement officers raided compounds in Colorado City, Arizona, Hildale, Utah, and Custer, South Dakota. The indictment charged the eleven leaders with conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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