PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An initial court hearing is scheduled Wednesday for the fourth defendant in an alleged Social Security fraud case in which police say mentally disabled people were held captive in a Philadelphia basement.
Authorities say 32-year-old Jean McIntosh is the daughter of the plot's alleged ringleader, 51-year-old Linda Ann Weston. On Monday, a judge scheduled a Dec. 19 preliminary hearing for Weston and the two other defendants — Weston's boyfriend, 47-year-old Gregory Thomas, and 50-year-old Eddie "the Rev. Ed" Wright.
McIntosh's initial court appearance is scheduled before the same judge at 9 a.m. Wednesday. All four were arrested last week and face kidnapping, false imprisonment and other charges. None have entered pleas.
Police believe the suspects locked people up and cashed their Social Security checks.