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4th defendant to join other 3 for December preliminary hearing in Philly basement-captive case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' A Philadelphia judge has scheduled a December preliminary hearing for a fourth defendant in an alleged Social Security fraud plot in which authorities say the accused held mentally disabled people captive in a squalid basement.
In a brief court hearing Wednesday, Judge Marsha Neifeld scheduled a Dec. 19 preliminary hearing for 32-year-old Jean McIntosh. She will join her other three co-defendants at the hearing.
McIntosh's attorney, Michael Graves, says McIntosh, who was not at Wednesday's hearing, was "shocked" but understands the charges.
McIntosh is the daughter of the plot's alleged ringleader, 51-year-old Linda Ann Weston. Two others ' Weston's boyfriend, 47-year-old Gregory Thomas and 50-year-old Eddie "the Rev. Ed" Wright ' are also charged.
All four were arrested last week and face kidnapping, false imprisonment and other counts.