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Plea deal may be in the works in artifacts theft case

Plea deal may be in the works in artifacts theft case



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A woman charged for her role in a massive artifacts theft case may strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors, KSL NewsRadio has learned.

A notice filed late Thursday in U.S District Court said that a change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Jeanne Redd. She is facing a long list of charges accusing her of stealing ancient Indian artifacts from public lands in the Four Corners area. Federal prosecutors allege Redd was part of an illegal network of people accused of stealing and dealing in the artifacts.

Redd and her husband, Dr. James Redd, were arrested in a dawn raid in the Four Corners area that netted 24 people. The day after their arrest, Dr. Redd committed suicide.

Most recently, a search warrant was filed in federal court that suggested the Redds were also under investigation for fraud after authorities seized computers and journals from their Blanding area home.

Federal agents wrote in the affidavit that it appeared the Redds "were engaged in a fraudulent scheme to obtain money from a multi-level marketing company."

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah would not comment on whether or not it was striking a plea bargain with Jeanne Redd. Her attorneys did not return phone calls seeking comment late Thursday.

E-mail: bwinslow@ksl.com

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