Lyle Jeffs, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was finally caught by FBI after nearly a year on the run. Jeffs had slipped out of his ankle monitor bracelet using olive oil, and escaped from his home while awaiting trail for food stamp fraud charges.
Jeffs is one of 11 people who is being charged with a multi million dollar fraud and money laundering scheme in which they are accused of converting benefits from a food stamp program into cash.
The sect’s highest leader, Warren Jeffs, the older Jeffs brother, is currently serving a lifetime sentence for raping girls he considered to be his brides.
The Daily Mail reports:
he warrant for Jeffs arrest came a decade after his brother Warren was featured on a similar poster. Warren was captured during a routine traffic stop three months after appearing on the FBI’s most wanted list in 2006.
At the time of his initial arrest on fraud charges in February 2016, Jeffs was in the sect’s main community on the Utah-Arizona border. He was the person in charge of day-to-day operations of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
But after his arrest, his jailed brother re-assigned Jeffs’ duties to another sect brother.
The FBI revealed in August last year that Jeffs had been in contact with his brother since going on the run but said there had been some sort of falling out between the siblings.
Jeffs’ legal wife divorced him in 2015, but he is believed to still have eight ‘spiritual wives’.
Members of the sect believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. The group is an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, which disavowed polygamy more than 100 years ago.