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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Philadelphia judge has rejected most defense motions to dismiss charges against four defendants in the Tacony basement captives’ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prosecutors filed the motion citing “overzealous” media coverage, including “manipulating” victims into doing interviews, and trespassing.