Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Polygamous sect member takes plea deal in food stamp fraud case

Polygamous sect member takes plea deal in food stamp fraud case

The brother of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has avoided incarceration by pleading guilty in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case. Had he pleaded not guilty, he could have faced 20 years in prison if convicted.

Seth Steed Jeffs, 43, signed his name to a federal plea deal on Wednesday morning. Before his arrest in February, Jeffs was at the center of an alleged plot to collect government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars from sect members and redistribute them to sect leadership. 

"Between Sept. 1, 2011, and Dec. 28, 2016, I knowingly diverted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to...

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