- Associated Press - Saturday, December 2, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a high-ranking polygamous sect leader who pleaded guilty in a food-stamp fraud case.

The Deseret News reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah filed court documents Friday outlining why Lyle Steed Jeffs should serve five years in prison, highlighting his escape from custody.

He was recaptured in June after a year on the run.

Jeffs was one of 11 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints charged with helping funnel $11.2 million in food-stamp benefits to a communal storehouse and front companies.

Jeffs was accused of being the scheme’s ringleader.



He pleaded guilty to two felony counts and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13.

The 10 other defendants resolved their cases without prison time.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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