- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A trial for members of a polygamous sect accused of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme will be delayed until October.

U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart on Monday approved the prosecution’s request to push back the trial because of an enormous amount of evidence in the case.

Federal prosecutors say they’ve gathered 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.

Prosecutors say the videos show people making bulk purchases the store and taking the items to a community storehouse instead of their homes.

Eleven members of the polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border are accused of misusing food stamps and diverting funds to front companies. They have pleaded not guilty.

The trial is set to begin Oct. 3.

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