Source: AP / MSNBC
PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a fourth person has been charged in a case in which four mentally disabled people were found locked up in a Philadelphia basement, allegedly so their captors could cash their Social Security checks.
Thirty-two-year-old Jean McIntosh was arrested Wednesday. Prosecutors say she is the daughter of the scheme’s alleged ringleader, 51-year-old Linda Weston. Philadelphia police said detectives had been interviewing her about the case and put her under arrest around 3:45 a.m.
Two other men are also charged in the case.
News of the fourth arrest came after authorities in at least two states acknowledged that they missed opportunities to help the four captives.
Linda Weston, the woman charged with orchestrating the scheme, is a convicted murderer, authorities said Tuesday. She was legally disqualified from cashing the victims’ government disability checks because of her criminal past. But she apparently did anyway, enabled in part by a lack of accountability and follow-through by government agencies and police in Philadelphia and West Palm Beach, Fla.
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