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2013 IN REVIEW: Feds Take Over Phila. ‘Basement of Horrors’ Case

Alleged ringleader Linda Weston and four others are accused of keeping disabled adults and children caged in the basement of a Tacony home while stealing their benefit checks.

12/30/2013

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Lawsuit Claims City Is To Blame For Abuse Of Woman Found In Tacony Basement

The city of Philadelphia is the target in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the the mother of Beatrice Weston, the young woman found chained in a Tacony Basement in 2011.

10/26/2013

Suspect Linda Weston.

Philly Prosecutors Step Aside For Feds In Tacony ‘Basement Of Horror’ Case

As expected, Philadelphia prosecutors will step aside so federal authorities can pursue charges over the alleged kidnapping of mentally disabled adults for their disability checks.

01/28/2013

Suspect Linda Weston.

Feds Add 2 Murder Charges In Tacony ‘Basement of Horrors’ Case

Prosecutors have announced federal charges against five people in a case in which authorities say mentally disabled adults were held in the basement of a Philadelphia home as part of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme.

01/23/2013

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Niece Of Accused Woman At Center Of ‘Basement Of Horror’ Case Suing Aunt, City Of Philadelphia

The niece of a woman accused of imprisoning mentally disabled captives in a benefits fraud scheme is suing her aunt and the City of Philadelphia, claiming she suffered horrific abuse because she was placed into her aunt’s custody.

08/20/2012

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Judge Drops One Lesser Charge In Tacony ‘Basement of Horror’ Kidnap Case

A Philadelphia judge has rejected most defense motions to dismiss charges against four defendants in the Tacony basement captives’ case.

06/08/2012

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Trial Ordered for 4th Defendant in Tacony ‘Basement of Horrors’ Kidnap/Fraud Case

A man for whom all charges were previously dismissed in the so-called “Basement of Horrors” Tacony kidnap and fraud case is now being held for trial.

02/02/2012

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DA’s Office Reverses; Will Refile Charges Against 1 ‘Basement of Horrors’ Figure

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office has changed its mind and now says it will recharge the defendant who was about to be freed in the local kidnap-and-fraud case.

12/22/2011

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Philadelphia DA Won’t Try To Restore Charges Against 1 ‘Basement of Horrors’ Figure

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office says it will not try to get new charges filed against one defendant who was cut loose from the local “Basement of Horrors” fraud and kidnapping case on Tuesday.

12/21/2011

Suspect Linda Weston.

Judge: 3 To Be Tried In Philadelphia ‘Basement Of Horror’ Case

A Philadelphia judge has ordered three suspects to stand trial in a case involving four mentally disabled adults who were found locked in a filthy basement.

12/20/2011

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Senator Casey Plans On Introducing Bill In Aftermath Of ‘Basement Of Horror’

Senator Casey says loopholes in the Social Security system allowed the situation to occur and he wants to introduce a new bill to prevent similar cases in the future.

11/29/2011

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Attorney: DHS Places Children Of Tacony Basement Defendants Well Outside Of City

An attorney says the children of two defendants in the so-called “basement of horrors” case have now been formally adjudicated dependent and they have been placed outside the city by the Department of Human Services.

11/22/2011

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Philadelphia Court Upholds Gag Order In Tacony ‘Basement of Horror’ Case

Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has upheld a Municipal Court judge’s ruling that bars attorneys, defendants, witnesses, victims, and some minors from commenting on the case against Linda Weston and three other defendants.

11/18/2011

Suspect Linda Weston.

“Basement of Horror” Defendant Linda Weston Ruled Competent For Hearing

A psychiatric examination has determined that a woman accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a basement as part of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme is competent to proceed in her criminal case, a judge said Wednesday.

11/16/2011

(George Yacoubian represents defendant Linda Weston, the alleged ringleader of the scheme to hold people captive and steal their government checks.   Credit:  Steve Tawa)

Wide Gag Order Issued in ‘Basement of Horror’ Case

Prosecutors filed the motion citing “overzealous” media coverage, including “manipulating” victims into doing interviews, and trespassing.

11/02/2011

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