Feds claim they can’t find FLDS bishop to serve a subpoena

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Lyle Jeffs (left) enters the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City last year. (FOX 13 file photo)

SALT LAKE CITY — In a new court filing, lawyers for the U.S. Department of Labor claim they can’t find Fundamentalist LDS Church bishop Lyle Jeffs to serve with a subpoena in a child labor case.

The Labor Department alleges Jeffs has not been available to be served, and in a filing Friday in U.S. District Court, they asked a judge for alternative means to serve him with a court subpoena.

“He is transported by FLDS Church security personnel who regularly drive different and heavily tinted vehicles to ensure that Lyle Jeffs can avoid being seen in public. His security detail is responsible for ensuring his privacy and helping him avoid service of process at all costs,” lawyers wrote.

The Labor Department also alleges it cannot serve the FLDS Church as an entity and asked the judge to allow them to send the subpoena by certified mail.

Jeffs is the brother of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life-sentence in a Texas prison for child sex assault related to underage “marriages.”

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