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Man charged with murder has link to fraud case

Jun 14, 2013 -- 1:51pm

A Cape Girardeau man is set for arraignment later this month on charges he defrauded a Scott City couple of $220,000.  52-year-old Keith Monia was indicted May 16 in Scott County Circuit Court on two counts each of forgery and financial exploitation of the elderly. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed April 4 in Scott County, Monia took $220,000 from Alene Heisserer and her late husband, Louis, between 2010 and 2011, telling them he would invest the money in annuities, but instead kept the money himself. The case came to light when the Heisserers' daughter, Connie Payne, found a $100,000 check dated June 17, 2011, made out to George Joseph with the words "investment loan" written on the memo line. The back of the check was "endorsed by the name George Joseph and credited to" an account with the name Scottrade, Inc. Joseph was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action last week in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court. 48-year-old Joseph is accused of killing his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, Matthew, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent suicide attempt May 30 at their home on W. Cape Rock Drive. Joseph has not been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the Monia case. Monia is scheduled for arraignment on the Scott County charges June 24.

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