FLDS members plead not guilty to fraud charges in 5th District Court


    FLDS members plead not guilty (Photo: DJ Bolerjack / KUTV)

    (KUTV) In a federal court hearing Wednesday at the 5th District Court in St. George, three of 11 FLDS church leaders -- who were charged and arrested for conspiracy to commit SNAP benefit fraud and money laundering -- pleaded not guilty.

    In the case USA v. Winford Johnson Barlow the Magistrate, Judge Robert Birthwaite, allowed the U.S. attorney a bail report and set a detention hearing for Monday, Feb. 29.

    In USA v. Ruth Barlow, Barlow was appointed a public defender and she pleaded not guilty. Judge Burthwaite set a detention hearing/status conference for March 21.

    In USA v. Kristal Dutson, the defendant financially qualified for a judge appointed public defender. Local attorney, Aric Cramer was pop pointed to Dutson. Judge Burthwaite scheduled a detention hearing for March 21.

    At the end of the 15 minute hearing a pre-trial release was suggested for the three defendants and that possibility is currently being discussed.

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