FLDS-linked company settles child labor case

This February 2016 file photo shows FLDS children on a berm outside the Dairy Store in Hildale, Utah, Feb. 23, 2016. A judge recently ordered the FLDS church, bishop Lyle Jeffs and business associate | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — A company with ties to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has struck a deal with the federal government over sanctions in a child labor case.

Hours before they were due before a federal judge to face a potential contempt of court citation, Paragon Contractors and Brian Jessop settled a dispute with the U.S. Department of Labor over fines levied against it.

Filings in U.S. District Court stated the company agreed to pay $200,000 over the next year.

A federal judge in December 2016 ordered Paragon Contractors, which has ties to the FLDS polygamous sect, to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

Read the full story here:  Fox13Now.com.

Written by BEN WINSLOW, Fox13Now.com

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  • Proud Rebel April 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    What a sick joke this is. So they have to pay two hundred thousand. Who are they going to be paying it to? The children they were illegally using as laborers? Sure they are. And most, if not all of that money, paid to underage individuals, will be managed by the children’s parents. Who will see that the money is turned over to the FLDS Church, which in turn will make certain that Paragon is well taken care of. So to cut to the chase, the company will be paying itself two hundred grand. It’s nothing more than a shell game, and the feds are a large part of it.
    There is one thing, and one thing only, that might stop this practice, and that is significant prison time for the people running the outfit. But as we all learned with the food stamp fraud, nobody is going to see significant prison time. In other words, the whole thing is nothing more than a distraction, to divert attention from their child rape, supported by the FLDS Church, and looked at smilingly by the government, from their local town government, to the county, state, and federal government.
    What a complete waste of time, energy, and tax payer money to even think about trying to do what is right.

  • SteveSGU April 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Proud Rebel is right on here (except for the snide “smilingly” comment). The prosecutors need to be much smarter about what is going to stop this kind of abuse.

    • Proud Rebel April 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Steve, it was not my intent to be snide. I had no intention of “insinuating” anything. I had full intention of saying what I said.
      The prosecutors can be as smart as they want. As long as the FLDS gets all the “justice” from the courts that money can by, nothing is going to change.

  • Real Life April 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Once again, why do the pedophiles out there continue to get away with it?

    • comments April 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      The short answer: because the gov’t of utah enables it. The official state church also helps enable it.

  • utahdiablo April 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Write to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions….together we can get this FLDS BS stopped

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