Federal grand jury indicts Linda Weston on hate crime charges against disabled

Federal grand jury indicts Linda Weston and four others

In October 2011, authorities discovered several malnourished victims in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building.  Police described the conditions as “subhuman”, and alleged it was a scheme to steal their social security benefits.  Two adults died in the captivity of 52 year old Linda Weston and four others.

A federal grand jury indicted them Wednesday on charges of hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in the aid of racketeering, and forced human labor.  Prosecutors say this is the first time the federal hate crimes statute has been used to protect the disabled.

Authorities allege that Weston duped the victims into giving her at least 212,000 dollars over 10 years.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express