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Tennessee couple charged with stealing $1.7M from widow, 85

Prosecutors say they took more than $1.2 million from the woman and “frequently purchased luxury items” with her money.
Prosecutors say they took more than $1.2 million from the woman and “frequently purchased...
Prosecutors say they took more than $1.2 million from the woman and “frequently purchased luxury items” with her money.(HNN)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 8:14 AM EDT
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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Tennessee exterminator who posed as the relative of an 85-year-old with dementia defrauded the widow out of nearly $1.7 million.

The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee said Wednesday that Karl Hampton and his wife have been charged with fraud and money laundering. A criminal complaint alleges Hampton met the victim while he was working as an exterminator and convinced the woman, who was suffering from cognitive decline, that he was a relative taking care of her and her finances.

Karl Hampton, 63, and his wife, Deborah Hampton, 59, were arrested at their home Wednesday morning. Both were charged with money laundering, Karl was also charged with wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Hampton and his wife took more than $1.2 million from the woman and “frequently purchased luxury items” with her money.

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