on Tuesday several top leaders from Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect were arrested on federal accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering. The arrests mark one of the biggest crackdowns on the group in years. The charges are the government’s latest move targeting the sect based on the Utah-Arizona border. They coincide with legal battles in two states over child labor and discrimination against nonbelievers. Prosecutors say church leaders diverted funds from Utah’s nutrition assistance program for inappropriate use. Leaders allegedly forced members to put food into a communal storehouse so it could be divvied up.
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