UEP Trust and State used as Unwitting Tools


For Immediate Release Contact: Val Oveson
March 20, 2010 (801) 718-1400

UEP Trust and State Used as Unwitting Tools
FLDS Church members are good people and deserve better

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The United Effort Plan (UEP) Trust has until Monday, March 22, 2010, to file a response to yet another motion filed by the FLDS leaders to prevent the Court from considering documents created by Warren Jeffs while he was running from the law or secretly created while he was in prison. For nearly five years there has been a standing court order to produce Trust-related documents, and for the past five years the FLDS leadership and former UEP trustees have ignored the Court’s order and refused to turn over requested material.

The documents reveal that Warren Jeffs ordered his followers to intentionally violate laws prohibiting underage marriage for the purpose of forcing the government to take control of the United Effort Plan Trust that owns the vast majority of land in Utah and Arizona where many FLDS members live. In a July 24, 2004, dictation, Warren Jeffs defiantly declared that he will “do more marriages of very young girls [in order to] make the government rage and come against us stronger than ever . . .”

Later that year, Jeffs ordered his followers not to defend lawsuits filed against the Trust in order to “bring the government down upon us quickly. Even put the United Effort Plan Trust lands under government control.” Jeffs even predicted that after the government seized control of the Trust “the courts will offer our people to make claims on UEP lands and houses.” He then warns that “if anybody steps forth to claim those lands and houses that belong to the Lord, they are thieves and they will lose Priesthood . . . and be apostate.”

“These documents unquestionably prove that Warren Jeffs taunted the government into taking control of theoUEP Trust in order to fulfill his ‘prophecy’ that the FLDS people will be driven from Hildale and Colorado City to the lands of refuge in Texas,” said Val Oveson, spokesperson for the Special Fiduciary of the UEP Trust. “Now that Texas authorities have convicted four FLDS men for sexual crimes against children and are prosecuting several others, Jeffs wants his followers out of Texas and is attempting to regain control over UEP Trust lands by falsely accusing the government of wrongfully seizing the very UEP property that he ordered his followers to abandon in 2006.”

Viewed in the full context, these documents go to the very heart of the issue of who is directing the FLDS leaders to oppose the Trust and the Courts. It appears that the real reason FLDS leaders are objecting to the Court considering these documents is that they reveal their repeated and calculated attempts to conceal or destroy relevant information, and to frustrate the Court’s orders. Additionally, the documents show the calculated tactics to force the Trust into spending millions of dollars in legal fees, all aimed at regaining control of the UEP Trust based on false arguments alleging that the Fiduciary and the Court are enemies of the FLDS people, when all of the Court’s and the Fiduciary’s efforts have been geared towards preserving Trust assets and protecting the homes of the Trust’s beneficiaries, FLDS and otherwise.

“Efforts to hide these documents are an outrage,” said Oveson. “As a former government official, I am deeply concerned that criminals like Jeffs are using false claims of religious persecution to perpetrate and hide unspeakable crimes against children. Every legislator, law enforcement official and concerned citizen of this state should demand that these documents be disclosed and studied to determine what steps should be taken to prevent such crimes in the future. These documents unquestionably confirm that the Utah and Arizona Attorneys General acted properly in asking the Court to take control of the UEP Trust and enforce the rule of law.”

“It is very important to distinguish that these efforts stem from the FLDS Leaders, not the members,” said Jeffrey Shields, attorney for the UEP Trust Fiduciary. “We are willing to settle our differences with FLDS leaders, but only within the limits of the law and only to the benefit of the individuals who may rightfully receive the property of the Trust.”

The UEP Trust plans to respond to the memorandum on Monday March 22, 2010. For more information, please contact Val Oveson at (801) 718-1400 or voveson@wsrp.com. Oveson is a CPA, who works with Wisan and is serving as spokesperson for the Special Fiduciary.

In 2005, at the request of Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Third District Court Judge, Denise Lindberg, reorganized the United Effort Plan Trust when Warren Jeffs and the FLDS leaders failed to adequately run the Trust. Jeffs had abandoned the Trust and was alleged to be diverting assets for personal purposes. Bruce Wisan was appointed as Special Fiduciary by Judge Lindberg, at the recommendation of Attorney General Shurtleff, to fill the vacancy left by Warren Jeffs and the other Trustees who defaulted on notices to appear before the Judge. Wisan was charged with the responsibility to: 1) defend the Trust, and 2) inventory the assets. As the situation unfolded in 2005, the Judge issued a series of orders that escalated Wisan’s authority to include the management the day to day affairs of the Trust.

~ by FLDS TEXAS on March 22, 2010.

17 Responses to “UEP Trust and State used as Unwitting Tools”

  1. “Now that Texas authorities have convicted four FLDS men for sexual crimes against children and are prosecuting several others, Jeffs wants his followers out of Texas

    Wants his followers out of Texas? How can we help?

  2. I can take 5 people in my minivan. Who else will help us caravan them back to AZ/Utah?

  3. Your morning Alexa update:

    This site continues to make significantly large upward moves – it is now in the 523 thousand range.

    To give you an idea just how large this move is – before this experiment began the site started in the 650 thousand range and had a slump to the 680 thousand range. So about a 160 thousand movement or 160/680 = 23.5% change.

  4. I can take 3 adults and a child!!!

  5. Who do we volunteer our services to?

  6. Didn’t they just buy more land in Texas? Something strange here — I mean, stranger than normal for the FLDS.

  7. I know – we can borrow the Baptist buses and haul bunches of them back to the Creek at once! 🙂

    Rebeckah, I haven’t heard that they bought more land in Texas. Have I missed something? Hope that’s not true.

  8. Twas the dark of the moon, on the sixth of June
    In a Kenworth, with Willie’s ire
    And a Cabover Pete with a reefer on
    And a Jimmy haulin’ liars
    We ‘as headin’ fer bear on I-One-Oh
    ‘Bout a mile outta Zona-Town
    I sez Cow-Pen, this here’s Lone Star One
    An’ I’m about to put the hammer on down

    Cause we gotta little ol’ convoy, rockin’ through the night
    Yeah we gotta little ol’ convoy, ain’t she a celestial sight?
    Come on an’ join our convoy, ain’t nothin’ gonna git in our way
    We’re gonna roll this truckin’ convoy, out of Lone Star State

    (Uh, breaker Cow-Pen, this here’s The Star
    Uh, you wanna back off them Holy cows?
    10-4, ’bout five mile or so, 10-roger
    Them cows is gittin’ in-tense up here)

    By the time we got into Phoenix town
    We had eighty-five trucks in all
    But they’s apostates up on the clover leaf
    An’ them Utards ‘is wall to wall
    Yeah them beehivers ‘is thick as bugs on a bumper
    They even had a Prophet on the phone I sez callin’ all trucks, this here’s The Star
    We about to go haul ’em home

    Cause we gotta great big convoy, rockin’ through the night
    Yeah we gotta great big convoy, ain’t she a celestial sight?
    Come on an’ join our convoy, ain’t nothin’ gonna git in our way
    We’re gonna roll this truckin’ convoy, out of the Lone Star State
    Convoy… Convoy…

    (Uh, you wanna give me a 10-9 on that Cow-Pen?
    Uh, negatory Cow-Pen, yer still too close
    Yeah, them Holy-Cows is startin’ close up my sinuses
    Mercy sakes, you better back off another ten)

    Well we rolled up interstate one seven
    Like a rocket sled on rails
    We tore up all of Rod Parker’s crap
    An’ threw it into the Kingman jail
    By the time we hit that Plig-Town
    Them hivers was a gittin’ smart
    They’d brought up some reinforcements
    From the Mohave pliggy Guard
    There ‘was hummer trucks, combines, and Jeeps
    An’ rigs of every size
    Yeah Barry Knoll ‘was full a cows
    An’ school planes filled the skies
    Well we shot the line, an’ we went for broke
    With a thousand screamin’ trucks
    And eleven short haired friends of Joseph
    In a chartreuse mini bus.

    (Hey Sod Buster, listen
    You wanna put that mini bus in behind the suicide jockey?
    Yeah, he’s haulin Big FAT Willie J
    He needs all the help he can git,)

    Well we laid a strip fer the pliggy land
    An’ prepared to cross the line
    We could see the street ‘was lined with Brookes but we wasn’t gonna post on line
    I sez Cow-Pen, this here’s Lone Star One
    We done got this far alright So we crashed the gate doin’ ninety-eight
    to off load these fools tonight. 10-4

    Cause we gotta mighty convoy, rockin’ through the night
    Yeah we gotta mighty convoy, ain’t she a celestial sight?
    Come on an’ join our convoy, ain’t nothin’ gonna git in our way
    We’re gonna roll this truckin’ convoy, cross the USA
    Convoy… Convoy…

  9. it’s true TexasConnie, the Beagley’s bought the old Griffin farm/ranch.

  10. Miele, I’ve laughed myself silly over your Convoy parody. That is a CLASSIC. Gotta bookmark this one. Thanks a million for the giggles.

    PT, not familiar with the Griffin place. Close to YFZ or elsewhere in the Lone Star State.

  11. There’s no truth to rumors that say the new ‘Texasflds’ header pix is Jed Clampett and Jethro Bodine.

  12. Priceless, Miele!! 😀

  13. Miele,
    This is almost as good as the WTF Ranch parody.
    Where is Texas Mom, the high priestesshood holder?

  14. Miele, I’m not sure which part I like the best.

    I loved the line about the school planes a lot.

    But, “ain’t she a celestial sight?” is classic.

    Good job!

    So where did you find the time to write this while you were busy suing yourself and answering them nothing?

  15. connie, it’s still in schleicher county, but across the highway and down a bit from the yfz.

  16. I have always felt the Utah Exodus into Schleicher County was fertile grounds for a ‘Home Invasion’ parody, ala Mccauley Culkin foiling invaders with criminal intentions and trying to rob someone of the ‘Peace and Freedom’ with their own agenda being foisted upon an innocent.

    The FLDS Church and leadership came into Texas with a covert and planned agenda that was masked and lied about by every resident in the YFZ Ranch. If this doesn’t constitute a High Crime and ‘Racketeering for the Lord’ then the security and peaceful existence of every Community or County can be made hostages to radical fanatics bent on importing their particular brand of felonies and outlaw lifestyles upon any/all Americans.

  17. Texas Connie started it! She started it. After that ‘Convoy’ was easy.

    One day my husband saw either the crying/freakin pole cat or Merilyn of the unibrown on my screen. As he walked by he said, “Now ain’t that a celestial sight?”

    Glad y’all liked it.

    As for time? Well this week I settled with myself out of Court for five M & M’s, two pink Peeps and four speckled egg malted milk balls. I answered myself nolo contendra or nola contredra or something like that, because basically I wanted the Easter candy. Yeah, I know. But I really wanted them.

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