FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs arrested in South Dakota

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A leader of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saint church, Lyle Jeffs, was arrested Wednesday in South Dakota, the FBI confirmed Thursday morning. Jeffs spent a year on the run after being indicted on charges of welfare fraud and money laundering. 

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Jeffs reportedly used olive oil to slip off his ankle monitor after being placed on house arrest last year. Lyle Jeffs is the brother of Warren Jeffs, the former president of the FLDS church who is currently serving a life sentence in prison. 

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The FBI said Lyle Jeffs was caught in South Dakota Wednesday night. An online log of Minnehaha county jail in South Dakota lists Lyle Jeffs as an inmate. 

The FBI is expected to hold a news conference this afternoon in Salt Lake City on Lyle Jeff's arrest. 

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