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South Dakota polygamist leader to appear in court

RAPID CITY (AP) -- The leader of a South Dakota congregation of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect is making his initial court appearance after his arrest in a federal sweep accusing sect leaders of food-stamp fraud and money laundering.

RAPID CITY (AP) - The leader of a South Dakota congregation of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect is making his initial court appearance after his arrest in a federal sweep accusing sect leaders of food-stamp fraud and money laundering.

The appearance in federal court in Rapid City is scheduled Wednesday.

Officials say 42-year-old Seth Jeffs was arrested in Custer County on Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors are asking for Jeffs and other group leaders to be kept behind bars pending a trial because authorities say they are a flight risk.

Jeffs leads a compound of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members in rural Custer County.

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County Sheriff Rick Wheeler has said that Seth Jeffs was arrested without incident about 4 miles south of Custer on Highway 385.

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