Mar 1, 2016

11th suspect in polygamous food stamp fraud case surrenders

MARCH 1, 2016

Lyle Jeffs' attorney Kathryn Nester leaves the federal courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Lyle Jeffs and another polygamous sect leader in Utah are pleading not guilty to orchestrating what prosecutors call a wide-ranging food-stamp fraud scheme.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The final person indicted in a food stamp fraud scheme in the polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border has surrendered.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah says Kimball Dee Barlow surrendered Tuesday and will make his first court appearance Wednesday in St. George, Utah.

Prosecutors say Barlow managed the communal storehouse where sect members took the products they bought using the food stamps so leaders could distribute it as they chose.

Barlow’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

He is one of 11 people charged with fraud and money laundering.

Nine of the others, including Lyle Jeffs, have already pleaded not guilty to the charges. Lyle Jeffs runs the day-to-day operations for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with his brother Warren Jeffs serving a life prison sentence.

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