24 candidates for board to oversee polygamous sect’s property trust

United Effort Plan 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. [Read more...]

Judge made mistake on FLDS trust case, Utah Supreme Court says

United 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. [Read more...]

Utah wants to get rid of cult’s trust fund

United 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. [Read more...]

Court rules Utah keeps control of religious cult’s property trust

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. [Read more...]

Utah AG ordered to pay for takeover of FLDS sect’s property trust

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. [Read more...]

Utah Supreme Court won’t intervene in polygamous sect debt case

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. [Read more...]