3 charged in exploiting elderly man's train wreck settlement

Thursday, May 14, 2009 1:28 PM
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AIKEN -- Three Graniteville women have been arrested by Aiken County authorities following allegations that a 78-year-old man was being financially exploited.

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According to an arrest warrant, Minnie Lee Jeff, of McArthur Drive, has been charged with two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Two other women, Maudeine Mayer, of Pine Street, and Angela Townsend, of Mount Arthur Drive, also have been charged with abuse/obstruction of an investigation, arrest warrants show.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said Ms. Jeff had obtained power of attorney over Elijah Earl and was improperly using money he had received in a 2007 settlement from Norfolk Southern following a train crash that occurred in Graniteville.

Capt. Elwell said the settlement was for more than $150,000 and that Ms. Jeff had moved the funds into her own personal account and had spent more than $100,000 of it.

He said Ms. Mayer and Ms. Townsend were charged with obstruction because police were looking to interview Mr. Earl but say the two women helped Ms. Jeff hide him from authorities.

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colcamp1 05/14/09 - 03:00 pm
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What sick people. To take

What sick people. To take advantage of a person that had already faced one tragedy is despicable.

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Fiat_Lux 05/14/09 - 03:32 pm
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Why are we so surprised by

Why are we so surprised by this? These three parasites probably go to church and think they are good Christian citizens.

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stillamazed 05/14/09 - 03:53 pm
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Anyone who would use an

Anyone who would use an elderly person that way needs to be put in jail for a long time but sadly it will probably not happen and he will never get that money back. Does he have children who are around the area? It seems if he did that they would have seen after their father better.

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cparker 05/14/09 - 06:34 pm
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Immorality has no race, no

Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!!

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 05/14/09 - 08:39 pm
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Well well

Well well well.................... All you can do is grin and shake your head.

lurker
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lurker 05/14/09 - 10:47 pm
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What do they all 3 have in

What do they all 3 have in common?

Elaine.Renoire
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Elaine.Renoire 05/15/09 - 11:34 am
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There's another story here

There's another story here that's being overlooked - what happens to the victim now?

Here’s a shocker - the victim is often re-victimized by the system claiming to be protecting them - via a forced guardianship.

Guardianship wards are stripped of all rights: the right to decide where to live and whom to associate with, how to spend (or save!) one's own money, accept or refuse medical treatment - or even ask for a second opinion, vote, marry, etc.

Most important, guardianship wards are stripped of the right to complain.

With the fox guarding the henhouse and the hens muzzled, guardians and their attorneys can easily unjustly enrich themselves at the expense and detriment of the very person they have been court-appointed to "protect".

And what do victims do? Many go to the AG only to be turned away because the abuse has been court-sanctioned.

Visit NASGA at www.StopGuardianAbuse.org and the NASGA blog at http://NASGA-StopGuardianAbuse.blogspot.com for more information.

Forewarned is forearmed!
Yours,
Elaine Renoire

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