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Polygamist FLDS Church Still Plagues Non-followers, Former Members

Complicating the entire situation is the FLDS’s property trust, known as the United Effort Plan (UEP), which owns most of the real estate in Colorado City and Hildale. The UEP was set up to allow sharing of properties among FLDS followers under the principle of “communal living”. In 2005, Utah courts seized control of the trust after state allegations that Jeffs and other FLDS leaders had mismanaged its assets. After the courts had taken control of the trust, UEP property residents were required to pay a monthly occupancy fee of $100 to the trust, which had been reorganized to provide housing and other benefits to the trust’s beneficiaries. However, FLDS church followers loyal to Jeffs had refused to pay their fees, and as a result, many had been evicted out of their homes. Some of the evictees have set up tents on other FLDS members’ properties, raising fears of the possible emergence of a tent city in Hildale.

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