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It’s week two of a manhunt for a leader of a polygamous sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Federal authorities say Lyle Jeffs is wanted on charges of food stamp fraud. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports Jeffs escaped house arrest after removing his GPS monitoring device.


Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has fled home confinement in Salt Lake City less than two weeks after he was let out of jail pending trial on charges in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

A warrant for Jeffs' arrest was issued Sunday afternoon after he took off sometime over the weekend, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch. She said authorities aren't releasing details about how he got loose.

Two polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line are vigorously opposing a bid to disband their shared police department as a way to remedy religious-based discrimination against nonbelievers, saying problems at the agency don't require such a drastic step.

They also urged a judge in court papers Tuesday to resist the U.S. Justice Department's proposal to get an official appointed to monitor town operations in response to a civil-rights verdict three months ago against Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.

Authorities have revealed how much money will be given to nine people in a settlement against two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah that were found to have discriminated against nonbelievers.

The $1.6 million settlement was announced last month when a jury delivered verdicts against Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.

But the amount of money to be given to people within the community wasn't revealed at the time.

A court filing Monday now says nine people will each receive $173,000.

Michael Chow/The Republic

A federal jury has found Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah guilty of religious discrimination. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, some residents of the polygamous communities are celebrating the legal victory. 


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