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Pair arrested in bilking of kin

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OGDEN — Two Weber County residents were booked into the Weber County Jail Thursday on investigation of exploitation of a disabled or elderly adult after allegedly taking more than $150,000 from their elderly relative.

Two years ago, Doris Green agreed to let her adopted sister, Jennifer Ann Weeks, 39, and her husband, Todd Joseph Weeks, 37, live with her elderly mother, Nouella Castle in Washington Terrace so that they could take care of her.

But in July 2004, Green filed a complaint against the couple with the Weber County Sheriff's Department because she was concerned for her mother's well-being.

"She went in there and took her mother out," said Weber County Sheriff's Capt. Klint Anderson. "There was no food, it was unkept and no one was staying with her, and that was part of the deal."

Anderson said that Green started checking into other matters after she saw her mother's living conditions and found out that her mother's credit union accounts had been diminished, her credit card was maxed to $5,000, the title of her home had been transferred to the Weeks and a loan that was taken out against the house had defaulted.

Anderson said Green reported that Castle did not know what documents she was signing and that Todd Weeks and Jennifer Weeks took advantage of her. Castle, he added, was reportedly forgetful and not fully aware.

In August 2004, Jennifer Weeks signed a promissory note for other family members, stating that she would begin paying back approximately $170,000 to her adopted mother in installments, Anderson said. She made one payment in October 2004 in the amount of $2,800.

"In other words, she admitted to the family that she had done this," Anderson said.

A judge issued an arrest warrant on July 8, 2005, for both Todd Weeks and Jennifer Weeks. The two were arrested Aug. 4, 2005, and charged with second-degree felony accounts of elder abuse.


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