- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to push back the trial date in a food stamp fraud case out of a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border.

A trial was initially set for the end of May, but attorneys on both sides had expressed concerns with being ready due to the massive amount of evidence gathered by government officials.

The formal request from prosecutors was made this week. The judge has yet to rule.

Investigators say they have 50 terabytes of video, the equivalent of about 75,000 compact discs. That includes footage from aerial videos and from surveillance cameras installed at a polygamous town’s general store.

Eleven members of the polygamous sect are accused of misusing food stamps and diverting funds to front companies to pay thousands for non-food items such as a truck.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty.


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