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Lyle Jeffs: Fugitive US polygamist sect leader arrested

Lyle Jeffs: Fugitive US polygamist sect leader arrested”

Jeffs was released from jail last June while he awaited trial; but, The Post reported at the time, he "was confined to his Salt Lake County home with few exceptions, told he couldn't contact various people affiliated with the sect, and made to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device". After using olive old to slide off his Global Positioning System ankle monitor during home confinement while awaiting trial for his alleged role in a food stamp fraud scheme, he disappeared from Salt Lake City, UT. Jeffs' lawyer even later suggested he may have actually been raptured.

The Southern Poverty Law Center designates the FDLS as a "white supremacist, homophobic, antigovernment, totalitarian cult". He is the brother of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in Texas for having relations with a young girl; his wife. The rest of the people, however, subsist on noodles, brown rice, tomato juice, bread and yogurt.

Mr. Jeffs, who was facing trial for food stamp fraud past year, took his ankle bracelet off illegally and sauntered away from Utah while out on bail.

Jeffs was indicted last February and gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation the slip last June.

Details of Lyle Jeffs' arrest were not available but the sheriff's office in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, lists him as being held in the county jail without bond.

Eric Barnhart, FBI Secret Agent in Charge in Salt Lake City, UT, said assistance from the public helped them dial in their search.

The captured poster for Lyle Jeffs.

Barnhart said he expects Jeffs to be back in the state in the next few days. The disbursement of the reward money has not yet been determined, Barnhart said.

Families that qualified for federal assistance were allegedly told to turn over their food stamp debit cards and take what they needed from a warehouse of pooled resources called "the bishop's storehouse". Yankton is 400 miles from an FLDS compound outside the tiny town of Pringle in southwestern South Dakota. The FLDS broke off from the mainstream Mormon church in 1913, largely over the question of polygamy, which the mainstream church had long disavowed.

Lyle Jeffs was the last of the defendants in the food stamp fraud case still behind bars when U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart reversed an earlier decision and granted Jeffs his release on June 9.

"That being said, we have always viewed Mr. Lyle Jeffs as the lead defendant in this prosecution, and our approach with him will in no way resemble the way we have handled and processed the other defendants in this case", Huber says.

"This indictment is not about religion; this indictment is about fraud", U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said at the time.

Nine of them accepted plea deals and one had his charges dismissed.



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