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Philly police: Disabled victimized by theft scheme

Discovery of 4 disabled people in Philly basement exposes alleged benefit-theft scheme By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' A woman convicted in the starvation death of a man nearly 20 years ago is facing charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment for allegedly preying on four mentally disabled adults, locking them in a basement and wresting control of their Social Security disability checks.

Linda Ann Weston was charged Monday with kidnapping, false imprisonment and other offenses, with bail set at $2.5 million after her landlord stumbled upon the four adults, all weak and malnourished, in a dank, foul smelling boiler room on Saturday.

Also charged were Eddie "the Rev. Ed" Wright and Gregory Thomas as Philadelphia police and the FBI investigate.

Detectives also found dozens of ID cards, power-of-attorney forms and other documents in the apartment, suggesting the alleged theft scheme involved more than just the four captives.

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