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FLDS Compound Has New Leader: Court Docs

A compound in Black Hills, South Dakota, owned by the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), is now under the control of a nephew of the facility’s former leader, court records indicate.

March 4, 2019 – Helaman Jeffs, the nephew of former overseer and current registered operator in absentia of the compound, Seth Jeffs, stated while testifying as a witness during an April 2018 preliminary hearing, “I’ve been called upon to secure the place and make sure nothing is taken or messed with unless it is done by proper authority.”

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What’s the problem?

Seth Jeffs is the brother of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned FLDS leader who is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting underage girls. In 2006, Seth Jeffs was convicted of harboring a fugitive for his role in helping Warren Jeffs avoid arrest.

In December 2016, Seth Jeffs pleaded guilty in a food-stamp fraud case in which he and 10 other high-ranking FLDS members were accused of ordering rank and file FLDS members to turn over their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to be redistributed as the leadership saw fit. Jeffs was released from jail after receiving credit for the 6 months he served before his plea bargain.

It was also in 2016 that Helaman Jeffs was sent to the South Dakota compound for the first time, according to the Rapid City Journal.

The whereabout of Seth Jeffs had been the subject of speculation until this past January, when he surfaced as a registered agent for a company that purchased 40 acres of land in Minnesota, where he also has a permit to build an uncompleted 5,750 square-foot building.

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