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Lyle Jeffs Flees Before a Pending Food-Stamp Fraud Trial, Possibly to a Ranch in South America

posted on June 21, 2016

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Nate Carlisle writes, “Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has absconded from home confinement — less than two weeks after a federal judge let him out of jail pending trial on accusations that he helped orchestrate a multimillion-dollar food-stamp-fraud scheme.” Members of Jeffs’s family have expressed fears that he has escaped to South America and may never be brought to justice. Carlisle writes, “There is a federal and local law enforcement task force in southern Utah and northern Arizona that focuses on the FLDS. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of former Jeffs followers whom investigators can draw on to help find Lyle.”

Read at The Salt Lake Tribune