PHILADELPHIA — A mentally disabled man says he didn't see his government benefit checks for 10 years after he began living with a woman who is now charged in a widespread fraud and abuse scheme.
Thirty-one-year-old Edwin Sanabria also testified Monday that he was once kept in a closet that was nailed shut by Linda Weston.
Sanabria testified at Weston's preliminary hearing. He is one of four mentally disabled adults who were discovered locked in a squalid basement in Philadelphia in October.
Weston is accused of kidnapping and abusing the victims to get their benefit money. Prosecutors suspect the 51-year-old paroled killer had perhaps dozens of adult and child victims.
Sanabria says Weston took him to a government office in 2001 to sign paperwork. He says he never again saw his $674 monthly checks.