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Seth Jeffs, Leader of FLDS Pringle Settlement, Arrested On Federal Fraud, Money Laundering

Victoria Wicks file photo

A member of a fundamentalist Mormon sect with a settlement in Custer County appeared on an indictment in federal court Wednesday in Rapid City.

Seth Steed Jeffs, 42, is charged with money laundering and federal benefits fraud. Jeffs is the leader of a settlement near Pringle run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or FLDS. The Custer County Sheriff served the arrest warrant, according to the Utah District of the Department of Justice.

Also charged are 10 Utah FLDS members.

Credit Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Peterman

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.