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 United Effort Plan

The United Effort Plan (UEP) property trust was created by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1942 on the concept of a “united order,” allowing followers to share in its assets.

Ex-members claim that cult leader Warren Jeffs has used the UEP to control the sect’s members.

Thursday October 3, 2013
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A judge will look for five to seven qualified people to create a board that will oversee the redistribution of homes and other property within the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The state of Utah seized the cult’s property trust fund in 2005 over concerns of mismanagement.

Wednesday March 13, 2013
FLDSRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
The Utah Supreme Court says that 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg made an error when she secularized a polygamous church’s property trust.

The ruling will not benefit the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, since the sect missed the deadline to challenge Lindberg’s decision.

Tuesday February 19, 2013
FLDSRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
The state of Utah wants to divest control of a religious sect’s property trust fund .

We’ll tell you what the United Effort Plan (UEP) property trust is, why Utah seized control of it, why the UEP has been the subject of ongoing legal battles, and why the state is looking for exit strategies.

Monday November 5, 2012
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United Effort Plan A communal land trust once run by jailed U.S. polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs should not be turned back to leaders of his breakaway Mormon sect because they were too late filing a legal challenge against Utah’s takeover of the assets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

We provide background to the case, as well as an overview of other controversies surrounding the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Saturday August 4, 2012
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United Effort Plan The state of Utah must help pay more than $5.5 million in past-due bills owed to an accountant appointed to run the FLDS sect’s United Effort Plan property trust after it was taken over by the state, the Utah Supreme Court decided Friday.

Utah courts seized control of the trust in 2005 amid allegations by state attorneys that the cult’s leaders had mismanaged its assets.

Thursday June 7, 2012
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United Effort Plan Who should should control the FLDS sect’s property trust, and who should foot the bill for managing it?

Valued at more than $110 million, the trust has a liquidity crisis.

Monday April 30, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
United Effort Plan The justices decided the situation didn’t need emergency relief — rather a ” ‘plain, speedy and adequate remedy’ is available.”

Legal bills have mounted since the FLDS sect began fighting Utah state’s takover of its United Effort Plan trust.

Wednesday March 7, 2012
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United Effort Plan The Utah Attorney General has asked the state supreme court to block a $5 million bill from an accountant appointed to oversee the United Effort Plan, the real-estate holdings arm of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In a filing Tuesday, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s office argued that forcing them to foot the bill for the court-appointed special fiduciary “intrudes on a pure legislative function and therefore constitutes an invalid exercise of the district court’s judicial authority.”

Monday February 6, 2012
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
United Effort Plan Leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs, have paid Arizona county treasurers about $930,000 in back taxes.

In making the partial payment they avoided possible evictions of sect members.

Friday December 23, 2011
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
United Effort Plan The FLDS sect’s property trust, since 2005 controlled by the state of Utah, owes more than $2.2 million in back taxes.

Under a Utah judge’s new ruling, people could be evicted from their homes along the Utah-Arizona border if they don’t pay their bills.

Wednesday August 3, 2011
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
A judge has ordered the state of Utah to pay off $4.6 million in debt incurred by an accountant tasked with managing a land trust once run by jailed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

The debt is for expenses incurred since those working for the trust were last paid in 2008.

Friday April 29, 2011
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
United Effort Plan The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to keep a polygamous sect’s property trust under government control Wednesday, siding, for now, with a state court judge in a heated judicial standoff.

The appellate judges blocked a federal court order that would have temporarily returned control to theFundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the first time since the state of Utah took over the trust six years ago.

Wednesday April 13, 2011
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
Utah Supreme Court The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with the issue of who has the final say over state law as part of a long-running battle for control of a communal land trust tied to Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church. The question comes on the heels of a February federal court ruling, which found that the state of Utah violated the religious rights of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when it took over the church’s land trust in 2005.

Saturday April 9, 2011
FLDSPolygamyRNB's Religion News BlogUnited Effort Plan:
A federal judge on Friday gave a polygamous sect control of its trust for the first time in six years.

he Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can manage its properties and businesses, valued at $110 million, but is prohibited from selling those properties or evicting any tenants. The FLDS also must honor existing contracts and leases.

Wednesday March 16, 2011
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A federal court judge on Tuesday bristled at the notion his ruling in a long-running dispute over control of a polygamous sect’s property trust should be delayed by a potential Utah Supreme Court ruling.

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