A Georgia mother was arrested Friday, days after a warrant was issued for her arrest for allegedly attempting to scam her missing disabled son out of his $200,000 trust fund.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reported that Yvonne Longmire, 58, turned herself in following allegations that she presented Maurice Ford, 23, as her son, Lee Earnest Longmire, 20, in court in January to prove her son was no longer mentally disabled and gain access to his money. Reports indicated that Lee hasn’t been seen in years—with police alleging his mother won’t reveal his location following her arrest.
“Yvonne and her attorney, Robert Brooks, claim that Lee is ‘okay,’ however, they still have not revealed to us where Lee is or turned him over to DFACS (Division of Family and Children Services) custody as ordered by the State,” Corporal Wilbert Rundle explained to the outlet.
“Lee has been declared a ward of the State and his Guardian with DFACS has yet to see or care for Lee.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Lee became a ward of the state after his disappearance came to light.
Previously, the Lawrenceville Patch reported that the alleged false testimony resulted in the relinquishment of $200,000 to Yvonne and Ford. Before the pair received the money, the ex-conservator attorney and his paralegal reportedly became suspicious as they hadn’t physically seen Lee in several years. They launched an inquiry which led to Lee being placed under state custody.
Yvonne was charged with false swearing, forgery, and identity theft. Ford was arrested in Arizona for his role in the alleged scam and is awaiting extradition.
[Featured Image: Yvonne Longmire, Lee Longmire/Gwinnett County Police Department]