TX Woman sentenced to 5 years for fraudulently marrying comatose man
POSTED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:07pm
BEAUMONT (KBMT) -- A Beaumont woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of fraudulently marrying her boyfriend while he was in a coma. Prosecutors say Lenora Reese-Mcnair married Derek McNair while he was in a coma to get control of his assets.
Reese-Mcnair entered a guilty plea to 3rd degree felony theft. She was sentenced on Monday.
Police say her co-conspirator is her son, Jamaal Bush, whom they say signed all of the documents. He's was charged with exploitation of elderly.
In the probable cause affidavit obtained by 12News, Derek McNair suffered a heart attack in 2012 and was in a coma for months. The document says Reese-McNair gained all of his assets when he passed away.
After the marriage license was obtained, the probable cause affidavit says Reece-McNair presented a power of attorney to medical staff and then began forging her husband's signature on his check that she made payable to herself.
Investigators say Reese-McNair then filed a quitclaim deed, notarized by Bush, that gave her complete ownership of McNairs west-end Beaumont home.