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Judge OK's eviction threat to get tax payments from polygamists

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SALT LAKE CITY (CBS5/AP) -

A federal appeals court has ordered a lawsuit by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints against Attorney General Tom Horne and other defendants be dismissed.

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals said that FLDS officials waited too long to take legal action by filing a lawsuit three years later.

Earlier this year a Utah judge approved a plan to collect $2.2 million in back taxes and prevent the land and homes held in a polygamous sect's trust from being lost to tax sale.

Third District Judge Denise Lindberg said a court-appointed accountant could use the threat of eviction to try to get residents of the border towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, AZ, to pay up.

The United Effort Plan communal land trust was once run by Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Utah took control of the trust in 2005 amid allegations of mismanagement. Taxes have been overdue on more than 130 land parcels since 2008.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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