Woman Locks Up Disabled Victims To Commit Fraud, Karma Gives Her A Lengthy Prison Sentence

In September, Linda Weston, 55, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, racketeering conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering, hate crimes, sex trafficking, and fraud – 196 counts in total.

She had been keeping mentally disabled adults imprisoned in various basements throughout the country in order to receive disability checks. Two of the women she held died.

At her arraignment, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a life term for Weston. Her lawyers stated that she pleaded guilty by virtue of her children. During the hearing, she said, “I believe in God and God knows what happened.” Back in 2011, when Weston was in custody, a landlord discovered four disheveled adults locked in a filthy boiler room of a home in northeast Philadelphia. One man was found cuffed to a boiler.

Authorities accused Weston of implementing “cunning, trickery, force and coercion” to swindle mentally disabled people to entitle her as their custodian, permitting her to unlawfully gain about $212,000 in Social Security payments over 10 years. They stated that Weston, her daughter, and three cohorts treated their victims like "zoo animals" locking them in basements, attics, and closets without light at numerous times between 2001 and 2011.

To cut down on costs, Weston and her associates fed the six disabled adults and four children drug-laden beans and ramen. If she ran out of supplies, she forced them to eat their own and other people's waste. The victims had to use buckets for bathrooms and were not given any medical attention.

Prosecutors allege, “When the individuals tried to escape, stole food, or otherwise protested their treatment, Weston and others punished them by slapping, punching, kicking, stabbing, burning and hitting them with closed hands, belts, sticks, bats and hammers or other objects, including the butt of a pistol."

When the family lived in Texas and Florida, Weston made two of the female victims go into prostitution to earn more money. On Nov. 5, Weston was given a final verdict of life in prison plus 80 years as punishment. The judge said, “Her future years in federal prison will be paradise compared to the conditions she imposed on her victims."

Photo: NBC Philadelphia

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