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Father, son charged with stealing millions from widow
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Father, son charged with stealing millions from widow

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gainesville father and son will spend time in prison after being convicted of stealing millions of dollars from an elderly Cobb County woman.

Jeffrey Carr and his father Joseph were each sentenced to 40 years for violating Georgia's RICO Act. Joseph must serve two years in custody, and Jeffrey is required to serve 10.

The pair stole a substantial amount of money from 93-year-old Frances Perkins. Perkins and her late husband owned land in east Cobb County, including 33 acres on Johnson Ferry Road just south of Lower Roswell Road.

According to information presented in court, Jeffrey Carr, 41, became friendly with Perkins's daughter Linda in 2009. Over time, Linda gave Jeffrey Carr half a million dollars.

Jeffrey Carr went on to meet and befriend Perkins. Cobb County Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin said Jeffrey Carr exploited Perkins's memory problems and the fact that her daughters are estranged from each other to become her financial power of attorney.

Between September 2011 and April 2013, Jeffrey Carr accepted dozens of checks, each worth thousands of dollars, from Perkins. In late 2012, he engineered the sale of the Johnson Ferry Road property for $12 million, even after Perkins told him she did not want to sell the land.

Perkins later suffered a fall; prosecutors said Jeffrey Carr moved her to a rehab facility and then a nursing home in Gainesville, far from her Cobb County home. When someone from Adult Protective Services tried to interview Perkins, Jeffrey Carr moved her into his father's house. Melvin said Joseph Carr, 67, accepted about $375,000 in cash and cars, purportedly from Perkins.

Both defendants pleaded for mercy in court, as Jeffrey Carr's wife has cancer and Joseph Carr is showing early signs of dementia. But a Cobb County Superior Court judge still sentenced them to prison.

"It's a sad case," Judge Robert D. Leonard II said. "I don't enjoy sending anyone to prison, but it's absolutely appropriate in this case. We protect the elderly in this county."

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