- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Defense attorneys say federal prosecutors are offering plea deals in a food stamp fraud case involving members of a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border.

KUTV-TV (https://goo.gl/TrfU0u ) reports that plea offers have been extended to all 11 defendants except sect leader Lyle Jeffs, who is a fugitive.

A February indictment charged the defendants with conspiracy and money laundering-fraud in the use of food stamp cards by sect followers in the twin cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

Defense attorney Rudy Bautista represents defendant Kimball Barlow. Bautista says his client potentially faces years in prison if convicted under the indictment but wouldn’t go behind bars under the offer, which Bautista calls a “beneficial resolution.”

Attorney Ryan Stout represents defendant Ruth Barlow. He says his client is accepting the deal.

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