A Georgia woman has been arrested after police say she had a man pretend to be her missing disabled son to gain access to her son’s $200,000 trust fund.
Yvonne Longmire, 58, allegedly conspired with 23-year-old Marcus Ford to have Ford pose as her missing son, Lee Earnest Longmire, in front of a probate court and during a visit with a physician to scam her son out of the money in his trust.
The pair had convinced authorities that Lee no longer had a severe disability and did not need a conservator to serve over his sizeable trust fund, according to a press release from the Gwinnett County Police Department.
The money was released into their care, but before they were able to withdraw it, the former conservator attorney and his paralegal became suspicious after realizing the 20-year-old had not physically been seen in several years, police said.
After an investigation, authorities declared Lee a ward of the state and appointed a guardian through the Division of Family and Children’s Services to act on his behalf, but his whereabouts remain unknown. Yvonne has allegedly claimed he's "okay," although she hasn't disclosed where he is.
Yvonne surrendered to authorities on Friday and is facing a string of charges including perjury, forgery, identity theft, theft by deception, criminal solicitation, and exploitation of an at-risk adult.
Ford has also been arrested and is awaiting extradition from Phoenix, Arizona, where he was apprehended.
Police are asking anyone with information about Lee’s current whereabouts to contact police.
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