Update: March 25, 2019
Gwinnett County Police Department report that Lee Earnest Longmire (20), the alleged victim of a scam by his mother, has been found safe. GCPD report that he was located on Friday, March 22, but his location is not begin disclosed at this time due to the ongoing investigation. He does, however, appear to be in good health and is currently staying with family members and does not want to be placed in alternate care.
The investigation into the alleged scam will continue and his mother, Yvonne Longmire, remains in the Gwinnett County Jail.
Yvonne Longmire, the mother in an alleged financial scam involving her disabled scam, has surrendered herself to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, according to Gwinnett County Police Department. She turned herself in to authorities at about 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1. She is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. However, the condition and whereabouts of her disabled son, Lee Longmire, is still unknown. Yvonne Longmire and her attorney, Robert Brooks, have told authorities that her son is “okay,” but have still have not revealed where he is nor have then turned him over to DFACS custody as was ordered by the State. Lee Longmire has been declared a ward of the State and his Guardian with DFACS has yet to see or care for Lee.
If anyone has information on the exact whereabouts of Lee Earnest Longmire they are asked to call GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.
(Lawrenceville, Georgia) Gwinnett County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing disabled man and his mother who now has warrants for her arrest and is accused in a scam using an imposter for her disabled son.
According to a press release from GCPD, late last month, the lead detective in this case spoke to a law firm acting as a conservator for a trust fund for Lee Earnest Longmire, 20, of Lawrenceville and discovered that in December 2018, Lee’s mother, Yvonne Longmire, 58, had fraudulently presented Maurice Ford, 23, of Atlanta as her son Lee to a Probate Court and a physician. They convinced the Probate Court and the physician that her son no longer had as severe a case of mental disability and therefore no longer needed a conservator over his trust fund. Ford pretended to be her disabled son and presented false testimony and in doing so allegedly obtained documents to support their scam. This released $200,000 to the mother and Ford. However, the former conservator attorney and his paralegal become suspicious of Lee’s identity before the money could be withdrawn. They also realized that no one had physically seen the real disabled son for several years and his whereabouts are currently not known.
An investigation was subsequently launched and ultimately the disabled son was made a ward of the State (in absentia) and was provided a guardian through the Division of Family and Children Services. However, despite several attempts to make contact with him, the real disabled son has not been located.
Warrants for the arrest of Yvonne Longmire and Maurice Ford were obtained and Ford was recently arrested in Phoenix, AZ and is currently awaiting extradition. However, the exact whereabouts of Yvonne Longmire is not known. She is currently charged with perjury, forgery, identity theft, theft by deception, criminal solicitation, and exploitation of an at-risk adult. She is believed to be driving a green 2006 Ford F-150 bearing Georgia Tag “PRE 3129.”
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 19-007893, 19-016167