Caretakers Face Extortion Charges

A married couple faces charges of extorting $110,000 from an elderly woman, or they threatened to let her die alone.

Rich Square police in Northampton County say Mary King and her husband Charlie were caretakers for 83 year-old Bessie Harper.

Police say Mary King would give Harper blank checks of hers and ask her to sign them. If she did not, the King's said they would stop helping her and make sure no one else would help her and that she would die alone.

Harper's other caretaker and power of attorney, Annie Helton, noticed a significant amount of money was missing and called police.

Police say the King's were using the money to build a house. Police also say they claim the money was a gift and that they did not get it through threats.

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