MARIETTA (AP) — A father and son from Forsyth County have been sentenced to prison following their conviction on racketeering charges.
Prosecutors say millions of dollars were stolen from a 93-year-old Cobb County widow, Frances Perkins.
Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said 41-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Carr on Tuesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus 30 years of probation. He was ordered to pay $3.4 million to the woman.
Prosecutors said his father, 67-year-old Joseph Thomas Carr, was also sentenced to two years behind bars and several years of probation. He was ordered to pay $363,000 in restitution.
Reynolds said Perkins and her late husband had acquired several acres of land in east Cobb County.
They say Jeffrey Carr engineered the sale of the land and swindled Perkins out of millions of dollars.
According to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffrey Carr removed about $1.6 million from the woman’s accounts between April 2012 and January.
He reportedly influenced the woman to sign a power of attorney that gave him access to her remaining estate.
Investigators previously said that they recovered some of the missing money by seizing bank accounts of Jeffrey Carr and the woman.
The investigators worked with the Cobb district attorney’s office and adult protective services office on the case.
According to a 2013 news release from the sheriff’s office, search warrants were obtained for the homes of Jeffrey Carr and Joseph Carr, both of whom live near Lake Lanier in northeastern Forsyth County.
As a result of the searches, four Cadillac vehicles and two Rolex watches were seized, all of which investigators suspect had been purchased with the woman’s money.