The Woman Almost Killed Her Mother to Help Her Online-Boyfriend
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — August 16, 2018
North Carolina resident planned to kill own mother after the strange online Dating. Her boyfriend said the woman that he had financial problems and asked to borrow money.
According to the Garner Police Capt. Joe Binns, the woman Roxanne Reed, 65, who shared a small house with her 88-years-old mother, planned to harm her, so she could keep sending money to the scammer who was using romantic pretenses to bilk her. Binns added Reed described plans to kill her mother in text messages to the online scammer. Her plans suddenly were known relatives, who called the police. He is identified as Mason Reed, living in Maryland. The police said he declined to comment when reached by phone.
“It was related to money,” Binns said Tuesday. “It was all about money, about sending this person money.”
Reed was arrested Sunday and charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder, according to court data.
Investigators were still piecing together how the mother’s death would have supplied Reed with more cash. The police said Reed is considered a suspect in other financial frauds but it is not specified.
According to the digital courthouse records, Reed doesn't have a lawyer.
The police also said that it is unclear who or where the scammer is, but an arrest warrant indicates the person was falsely using the name of a physical therapist and business owner in Texas.
“This is a poor guy who lives in Texas somewhere that has nothing to do with anything, and apparently he’s been victimized multiple times — somebody using his name, his picture or his information,” Binns said.
The Texas man said in an email he was traveling Tuesday and didn’t have time to do an interview.
Court records indicate Reed filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and was in the process of paying off debt through a plan approved by a judge. Also, it is known, that she was single and unemployed but had income from social security and worker’s compensation. The bankruptcy filing listed about $30,000 in debt from credit card purchases and a personal loan.