Wednesday, March 09, 2016

FLDS Leader Lyle Jeffs Denied Bond In Food Stamp Fraud Case

On Monday, a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Salt Lake City, Utah granted the prosecution's request to deny bond to FLDS Church bishop Lyle Steed Jeffs who is charged with conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Jeffs and ten others are charged with diverting millions of dollars in food stamp benefits to church leaders who then reallocated the benefits. (See prior posting.) KSL News reports that prosecutors convinced the court that Jeffs poses an extreme flight risk, despite the absence of precedent for denying bond in a welfare fraud case. Seven of the other defendants have been released on bond, subject to GPS monitoring and other conditions.