Lyle Jeffs

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Lyle Jeffs
Nationality American
Known for FLDS involvement
Religion Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Parent(s) Rulon Jeffs and Marilyn Steed
Relatives Brothers Warren, Seth, Nephi;
nephew Brent W. Jeffs

Lyle Jeffs is the brother of Warren Jeffs and a bishop in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as the FLDS Church.[1] He has been referred to as his brother's "special counselor" in some church documents.[2]

Jeffs was the FLDS bishop for both Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.[3] According to The Salt Lake Tribune, he was removed from office in 2012.[4]

Jeffs is also the uncle of author and ex-FLDS member Brent W. Jeffs and son of Rulon Jeffs.[5]

Legal issues[edit]

On April 9, 2015, U.S. District Judge David Sam held Lyle Jeffs in contempt of court.[6] In 2012 the United States Department of Labor began an investigation into the role of the FLDS Church and Jeffs in suspected child labor violations.[7][6] A CNN report claimed that children were used to harvest nuts at the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch in 2012.[7][6] Judge Sam ruled that Lyle Jeffs disobeyed subpoenas requiring them to answer questions from Labor Department investigators.[6]

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor assessed fines totaling $1.96 million against a group of FLDS church members, including Lyle Jeffs, for alleged labor violations during the church's 2012 pecan harvest at an orchard near Hurricane, Utah. [8]

Jeffs allegedly escaped house arrest in June 2016 by slipping out of an FBI ankle bracelet.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeffs' brother will take over: Ex-FLDS member". CBS News. August 5, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dobner, Jennifer (April 22, 2011). "New FLDS commerce filings support Warren Jeffs presidency". The Deseret News. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "FLDS bishops take appeal to Utah Supreme Court". The Deseret News. Associated Press. November 30, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Whitehurst, Lindsay (April 27, 2012). "Reports: Warren Jeffs boots brother from polygamous sect's pulpit". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jeffs, Brent W. (2009). Lost Boy. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 0767931777. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Judge finds Warren Jeffs' brothers in contempt". The Associated Press. Salt Lake Tribune. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Carlisle, Nate (17 September 2014). "Here's more on federal investigation into FLDS child labor". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "FLDS Church Members Fined $2 Million for Alleged Child Labor Violations". ABC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  9. ^ http://fox13now.com/2016/07/11/polygamist-leader-lyle-jeffs-used-olive-oil-to-escape-from-custody-fbi-says/
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints titles
Preceded by
Rulon T. Jeffs
President in Charge
Warren Jeffs

2002 – present
With: Disputed interruptions by:
Lyle Jeffs (designated acting president)
William E. Jessop (once momentarily successor)
Merril Jessop (once de facto head)
Wendell L. Nielsen (one time head of temporal affairs)
Succeeded by
incumbent
Warren Jeffs