PIERRE, S.D. – A federal crackdown on an alleged food stamp fraud scheme by a polygamous sect on the Arizona-Utah border is revealing details about a secretive compound in far southwestern South Dakota that has served as one of the church's "lands of refuge."
Top leaders from Warren Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including his brothers Lyle Jeffs of Utah and Seth Jeffs of South Dakota, were arrested as part of the crackdown.
The group started work on the South Dakota compound — known to the faithful as "R23" — over a decade ago.
Seth Jeffs, who authorities say is the bishop there, is jailed in South Dakota pending a Monday hearing in the food stamp case.
An attorney for Jeffs didn't immediately return telephone messages requesting comment.