The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lyle Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).
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FLDS Leader Apprehended After Year on the Lam
June 19, 2017 – Bishop Lyle Jeffs has been captured, nearly a year since he escaped from home confinement while awaiting charges in a massive food stamp fraud scheme. Jeffs was arrested on a tip while sleeping in his truck at a marina in Yankton, South Dakota. He is being held without bond on a Federal Marshals Service hold in South Dakota’s Minnehaha County.
What’s the Problem?
August 30, 2016 – Jeffs has been on the lam since June, after using olive oil to slip out of his GPS ankle monitor and escaping home confinement while awaiting trial on food stamp fraud charges.
He had been communicating with his imprisoned brother Warren Jeffs while on the run and was sent away to repent last month after refusing to follow an order, according to the FBI. Lyle was in the FLDS compound on the Utah-Arizona border when the falling out occurred, and he feared the order could put him at risk of falling into the hands of authorities.
“It could possibly be a fracturing of the leadership,” said Eric Barnhart, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Salt Lake City. “Somebody with whom he’s had a falling out or otherwise may have a different feeling about him — the $50,000 may be what tips the balance for them.”
Jeffs and 10 other FLDS members were arrested in February on accusations of diverting at least $12 million worth of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. All have pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.
Barnhart denied that the reward offer means the FBI is running out of leads.
“When somebody has folks willing to hide them, you can stay hidden for a while,” he said. “But not forever.”
Barnhart recalled that Warren Jeffs was placed on the bureau’s most wanted list in 2006 and is now serving a life term in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered his wives. Jeffs was captured during a routine traffic stop 3 months after being placed on the list.
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