I’ve posted about people trying to defraud the government for benefits before. Sometimes it’s adoptive or foster parents who treat their kids like shit so they can keep the benefits. I’ve posted stories about people who keep their dead relatives in the house so they can still get their benefits. However I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted about living breathing adults being held against their will in order for someone to collect their government benefits.
In the Tacony section of Philadelphia a landlord discovered 4 adults being held captive in his building with one actually being chained to the boiler. All 4 adults have disabilities. The makeshift dungeon only had a bucket for a toilet.
Police have arrested 51-year-old Linda Ann Weston, her boyfriend, 47-year-old Gregory Thomas and 50-year-old Eddie Wright and have charged them with conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment.
Weston had previously done time for locking her sister’s boyfriend in a closet and starving him to death.
Police also say that Weston and her crew may have done the same thing in both Texas and Florida. And speaking of Florida a missing 15-year-old girl was found in Philly and may have had a ‘relationship’ with the son of Gregory Thomas.
You know, if these scumbags put as much effort into a legitimate business instead of holding these people captive and collecting their social security checks they’d probably be legitimate millionaires. Instead they’re being held on millions of dollars of bond.
For the love of money is the root of all evil.
UPDATE 10/19/2011: 10 more victims have been found ranging in ages from 2 to 19. One of those include Weston’s niece who was reported missing in 2009. Some of the other new victims have also been reported missing. They were found in a different location than the first basement where the 4 initial victims were found.
If some of these victims were reported missing then how would Weston be able to collect their benefits if they had any? I think there’s something more to this story.