UPDATE:: Polygamous Sect Leader Is on the Run, Officials Say__
The leader of a polygamous breakaway sect of the Mormon Church has gone on the run less than two weeks after he was released from jail and confined to a home in Salt Lake City pending a trial on fraud and money laundering charges, officials said.Lyle Jeffs, 56, the de facto leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was discovered to be missing on Sunday, said Sandra Yi Barker, an F.B.I. spokeswoman in Salt Lake City.Ms. Barker said that the F.B.I. had received several tips since Mr. Jeffs’s disappearance and that he was possibly seeking shelter in communities of the sect outside Utah, including those in Canada or Mexico. She warned that he was considered “armed and dangerous.”
In a case that some say could destroy Utah's largest polygamous sect, federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced indictments against leaders and members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on charges related to food stamp fraud.
Polygamous church leaders and members indicted, arrested in investigation of alleged food-stamp fraud | The Salt Lake Tribune