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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Federal authorities say polygamist religious leader Lyle Jeffs has been captured, nearly a year after he escaped from home confinement while he was accused in a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme.

The FBI said Jeffs was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in southeastern South Dakota, where he is still being held.

Yankton County Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Rothschadl told the Associated Press that Jeffs surrendered without incident at a marina near Yankton, where an off-duty police detective spotted a vehicle that authorities believed the fugitive polygamist had been driving.

Jeffs escaped from his Utah home by using olive oil to slip off his ankle monitor in June 2016, the FBI said.

His attorney later came up with an unusual explanation for the religious leader's disappearance, arguing in court documents that Jeffs may have been raptured.


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Jeffs assumed the role of leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (known as FLDS) after his brother, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced in 2011 to life in prison for child rape.

The sect, which is based in Utah, emerged when Mormon leaders suspended the practice of polygamy in the late 1800s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which calls the group "a white supremacist, homophobic, anti-government, totalitarian cult."

FLDS, which is not connected to the Mormon Church, continues to practice polygamy in small towns along the Utah-Arizona border.

As The Washington Post reported last year, Lyle Jeffs and other church leaders were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

They were accused of using benefits from beneficiaries for FLDS expenses.


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This is big news here in Utah. The thing is, it's a food stamp fraud charge.... that's all they could hang on the guy. It's not even like nailing Al Capone for income tax evasion. I mean, the feds aren't doing much to clamp down on food stamp fraud around the country, but this case has them all standing in formation for the TV cameras like they just captured Ted Bundy.

It's food stamps people. The guy will be in and out in months.

"Nine of the people arrested alongside Lyle Jeffs have since accepted plea deals, and one person had his charges dismissed." - www.ksl.com

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-15 04:25 PM | Reply

This was not about having more than one wife, there are plenty of poly marriages around. Most have the good sense not to draw too much attention to themselves. Such as claiming welfare for the children they produce, Jeffs was a radical cult leader who practiced rape. He raised boys in isolation, then expelled them from the only community they knew because he and his fellow perverts didn't want the competition for mates. Jeffs is a criminal. One of a special breed of offender who through isolation and secrecy did anything he desired. What he desired was a constant supply of young women, money and power. Did he murder? People are missing, but don't expect any of his flock to rat on him. So like a beast like Al Capone they busted him on a crime that left a paper trail. Welfare fraud.

#2 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-15 06:00 PM | Reply

He should have been arrested for that horrible toupee alone.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-15 06:22 PM | Reply


Can't agree more. These guys are scumbag pedo rapists. But the food stamp angle is weak.

Even worse, the women and children - the real victims here - have been evicted from their homes and are scattering to wherever. The town is basically shut down.

State and feds have lost an opportunity to help these folks and prosecute the Jeffs and others for their real crimes.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-15 06:47 PM | Reply

I don't get it......... You can marry yourself or your house but you can't marry two women.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-06-15 07:02 PM | Reply

"You can marry yourself or your house "

Uh...don't know how to break it to you, but neither of those are recognized by either society or law. You can have a pretend ceremony, of course, and self-delude, but that's it.

Same goes for marrying that second (and third, and fourth) woman. You can have the ceremony, you can have the pretense, you can even move in together. But only #1 will be legally recognized as a wife, replete with all the attached benefits.

For example, "wife" #4 CAN be forced to testify against you, and does NOT automatically have a right to your pension.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-15 07:19 PM | Reply

You can't marry two thirteen year olds.

Jesus: Damn that oil sure feels good on my feet. Wow my anklet slid off. Catch me it you can Ciaiphas.

Judas: oh for chrissakes Jesus.

I miss Diablo

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-15 07:20 PM | Reply

Here is a strange irony. The government had little to do with marriage until after the civil war. The Democrats down south outlawed race mixing. Strange, they didn't mind race mixing while they were using "bed warmers" for two hundred years. Regulation of marriage was a progressive idea. State sanctioned marriage was a bad idea.(but I am a libertarian and thus a little prejudiced). Paternity is a separate issue and infers responsibility, and if you make a baby, you should be held ruthlessly accountable to support that child.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-16 03:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"The government had little to do with marriage until after the civil war." - #8 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-16 03:16 PM

Do you always pull "facts" out of your --- like that?

In the last several hundred years, the state has played a greater role in marriage. For instance, Massachusetts began requiring marriage licenses in 1639, and by the 19th-century marriage licenses were common in the United States.


#9 | Posted by Hans at 2017-06-16 03:24 PM | Reply

"It's food stamps people. The guy will be in and out in months"

yeah...so why did he flee? is he in bigger trouble now?

#10 | Posted by eberly at 2017-06-16 03:34 PM | Reply

#9 | Posted by Hans, Might have been true in Mass, but take Andrew Jackson's marriage for an example. There were no state issued marriage licensees out here until after the civil war.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-16 03:38 PM | Reply

"There were no state issued marriage licensees out here until after the civil war." - #11 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-16 03:38 PM

So? One example hardly proves your absurd claim that "The government had little to do with marriage until after the civil war."

And speaking of your absurd claims ("The Democrats down south outlawed race mixing."):

Until 1662, there was no penalty for interracial marriages in any of the British colonies in North America. In 1662, Virginia double d the fine for fornication between interracial couples. In 1664, Maryland became the first colony to ban interracial marriages. By 1750, all southern colonies, plus Massachusetts and Pennsylvania outlawed interracial marriages.


You do know that "outlaw" meant the government was involved?

And you do know that 1750 was before the Civil War?

And that 1750 was before there were any Democrats?

Your absurd claims are perfect examples of how a lie tries to pass for truth on this blog.

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2017-06-16 03:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"You can marry yourself or your house "

Uh...don't know how to break it to you, but neither of those are recognized by either society or law.

Oh Dear!

All this time Sniper thought he was married to himself but actually has been having sex with himself out of wedlock!

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-16 07:57 PM | Reply

Samantha Bee just did a great expose on child marriages in America.


#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-16 08:02 PM | Reply

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