Breaking: Maywood Minister Arrested, Charged With Defrauding Senior Citizen

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Terry Weston | Maywood Police Department 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

An area minister and Maywood native has been arrested and charged with one count of forgery and fraud, according to Maywood police.

Rev. Terry Weston, who goes by Rev. T.W. in his frequent email blasts and on his website, allegedly took advantage of an unidentified 75-year-old senior citizen who was recovering from back surgery last year, Maywood detectives say.

The victim, who requested anonymity, told police that between October and December of last year, Weston offered to help him through a ministry the latter operates.

Police didn’t disclose the name of that ministry, but according to Weston’s website and emails he regularly sends out, he operates a faith-based organization called TW’s Ministry, which directs people to send mail to a P.O. box in Plano, IL.

Weston’s online bio states that he was raised in Maywood. In an interview today, Maywood Deputy Police Chief Elijah Willis said that he believes Weston currently resides in Maywood.

“The victim did not have any family members in the state to assist him during his recovery and the offender considered to be a close friend by the victim, offered to assist him through his ministries,” a Jan. 5 statement released by Maywood police read.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned, Weston allegedly “had stolen over $47,000 of the victim’s life saving [sic] by writing fraudulent checks out of the victims account and accessing funds via ATM withdrawals without the victims consent [sic].”

On his website, Weston claims that since 1994 TW’s Ministry has “assisted local agencies in community-based gang prevention and community-base children, youth and young adult self development programs” and has partnered with “agencies (churches, corporations, congressional, counties, educational, foundations and organizations) on Faith Based Initiative community programs.”

After being processed on the charges, Weston was held on $21,000 bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court today. VFP

 

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