Lyle Steed Jeffs is wanted for fleeing from home confinement in Salt Lake City, Utah, over the weekend of June 18 to June 19, 2016. Jeffs was released from jail on June 9, 2016, to await trial in October of 2016 for his alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case. Jeffs had originally been indicted and charged in February of 2016 with conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The indictment alleged that church members' benefits through SNAP were diverted from authorized users to leaders of the church to use as they wanted, or people were instructed to use their SNAP cards as if making purchases from church-owned businesses, but did not actually purchase anything.
A federal arrest warrant for Jeffs was issued in the United States District Court, District of Utah - Central Division, Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 19, 2016, after Jeffs was charged with alleged violation of conditions of pretrial release.
Jeffs is thought to be a leader in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church).