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A Utah polygamous sect — with members who bilked the government out of millions of dollars — has acquired $145,200 in federal coronavirus assistance through its church, with untold additional sums trickling into the group through a network of businesses.
The Latter Day Church of Christ, the religious wing of the Davis County Cooperative Society (DCCS), landed the funding last year through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to federal data. Dwarfing that amount is the total claimed by businesses with society ties — with a Salt Lake Tribune review showing that at least $1.7 million in potentially forgivable loans went to these companies.
But while the government is giving money to DCCS members with one hand, it’s trying to extract assets from some members with the other, points out Bryan Nelson, who has served…