Federal Fugitive Arrested Near Lewis & Clark Marina

Federal Fugitive Arrested Near Lewis & Clark Marina

The leader of the fundamentalist Mormon church who escaped authorities almost a year ago is in jail in South Dakota.

Rothschadl said police made the traffic stop as Jeffs drove through the marina after using a bathroom, but that he doesn't know why Jeffs was in southeast South Dakota.

Jeffs, another brother, Seth, and other conspirators were accused of defrauding the government of more than $12 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - more commonly known as food stamps.

Polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs was arrested in South Dakota on Wednesday. "He was arrested in South Dakota around 8:30 last night", the FBI's Salt Lake City office wrote on Twitter. Warren Jeffs is now serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for child rape; he had 78 wives when he was arrested in 2006, and a third of them were under the age of 17.

The group led by Jeffs, his brothers and late father, is known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

All of the defendants pleaded not guilty.

After Jeffs' had confirmed his identity, law enforcement took him into custody in Minnehaha County, SD.

The FBI said Thursday they've received numerous tips on Lyle Jeffs before but none like the one from Haug.

South Dakota authorities say polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was captured at a recreation area marina southwest of Sioux Falls.

Prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and shouldn't be released from custody, but a judge let him go on the basis that the other 10 defendants in the food stamp fraud case who had already released had complied with court orders.

The tip proved to be the break the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been craving since Jeffs used olive oil to slip out of his ankle monitor and escape home confinement in Utah on June 18, 2016, ahead of his trial in an alleged multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

The fraud scheme, according to prosecutors, operated by Jeffs and other leaders instructing sect followers to purchase items with food stamp cards, then, give to an FLDS warehouse. Jeffs will soon be taken back to Utah.

In August 2016, federal authorities announced they were offering a $50,000 reward to the person or persons who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lyle Jeffs and elevated Jeffs to the FBI's "Most Wanted" list.

They say food stamps were also cashed at sect-owned stores without the users getting anything in return. FLDS, which is not connected to the Mormon Church, branched off and continues to practice polygamy in small towns along the Utah-Arizona border. Charges against one man were dismissed.

Following the charges, Jeffs escaped house arrest near Salt Lake City this time previous year.

"Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor ordered Lyle, some FLDS businessmen and the church itself to pay fines totaling nearly $2 million for using children and unpaid labor during a 2012 pecan harvest".