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2 FLDS men in food stamp fraud case arrested for allegedly violating release terms

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two Fundamentalist LDS men accused of food stamp fraud are back in custody after allegedly violating the terms of their release from jail pending trial.

Seth Jeffs, brother of imprisoned polygamous leader Warren Jeffs, and John Wayman are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in St. George on Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City did not provide any information about the nature of the charges.

Prosecutors argued to keep Jeffs and Wayman in jail after their arrests earlier this year, but Judge Ted Stewart released them.

Stewart also released Lyle Jeffs, another of Warren Jeffs' brothers and acting leader of the FLDS Church, over prosecutors' objections. He apparently used olive oil to slip off his GPS ankle monitor and flee a Salt Lake County home where he was living last month. He remains a fugitive.

The Jeffs brothers and Wayman are among 11 FLDS Church members who were charged in February with misusing food stamps and diverting the money to front companies and buy equipment. They have pleaded not guilty.


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