Judge slams con man who targets elderly ladies to work his way into their wills (NY)

A creepy con man repeatedly took over the personal and financial lives of fragile and forlorn ladies who suffered dementia – and worked his way into their wills, a Brooklyn judge found.

William E. Frazier‘s predatory ploy unraveled when a surrogate court barred him from executing the will of Marcel Carter after a hearing found irregularities.

Carter died at 94 in 2008, but before her death, Frazier had cut her off from the outside world, equipped her home with surveillance cameras and drafted a will that gave him the bulk of her belongings.

Frazier, the sole witness at the hearing, testified about meeting Carter – some 40 years his senior – in the mid-1980s and acting as her church teacher. He eventually became her sole caretaker, giving her baths, moving in with her and transferring her money into a joint account.

“What had once been hers alone progressively over time became his,” Surrogate Court Justice Margarita Lopez Torres wrote in a decision published Tuesday.

“Moreover, both his testimony and court records reveal that this was not the first time he became the nominated executor of the estate of a significantly older woman with property to whom he was not related,” the judge added.

Terry Miller, Carter’s friend for over 28 years, described Frazier as a “freaking con artist.”

“He use the cloth to get in. He pretended to be a clergyman so no on would ask questions,” said Miller, 57, a maintenance man.

“He kept Ms. Carter exclusive to himself,” he added. “Nobody could get to her. … He put a camera on her. He said it was to protect her.”

Carter signed the will in 2006 after showing symptoms of dementia, the judge wrote. It awarded him her Clinton Hill co-op as well as most of her estate, estimated at $15,000.

Frazier not only provided zero evidence Carter was competent to sign her will, Torres wrote, “his own testimony points with inexorable logic to the opposite conclusion.”

She noted Frazier, who presented himself as the owner of a firm called WEF Consultants, also administered the estates of at least four other older women in the past.

Frazier called the decision “unfair.” Carter’s assets must now go to the state, the judge ruled.


Judge slams con man who targets elderly ladies to work his way into their wills
Kerry Burke, Oren Yaniv
June 8, 2011
New York Daily News