Fugitive Polygamy Leader

Utah's attorney general says his office is launching an organized crime probe of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and its fugitive leader, Warren Jeffs.

Jeffs is wanted for arranging the polygamist marriages of underage girls in Utah and Arizona. Now, Utah AG Mark Shurtleff says Jeffs and the church are being investigated for "double books, cooking books, offshore accounts and fraud."

Shurtleff says he believes Jeffs operated the FLDS church and the United Effort Plan trust somewhat like an organized crime group.

The church owns businesses and property in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona but also has enclaves in Mancos, Colorado and other communities in Texas, South Dakota, Nevada and British Columbia.


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