Lady Conspired To Kill Her Mom For Life Insurance coverage, Police Say


Nov. 30–GARNER — Police say a Garner lady conspired to kill her mom and stole 1000’s of dollars from members of the family and a pal after she turned concerned in obvious on-line romance scams with two males she by no means truly met in particular person.

Roxanne Reed, 66, was charged final month with felony conspiracy to commit homicide. She was charged in August with one felony depend of id theft and three felony counts of acquiring property by false pretenses, in line with data filed with the Metropolis County Bureau of Identification.

Investigators accused Reed of conspiring with an internet particular person going by the identify of “Scott Humpal” or “Scott Humple” to kill her mom.

One of many accused lady’s members of the family referred to as the police in August after discovering that Reed’s telephone contained messages the place she mentioned poisoning her mom to get $20,000 from a life insurance coverage coverage.

Officers seized the telephone, and Reed was taken for a psychiatric analysis. The investigators later reviewed the telephone messages between Reed and Humple in search warrant functions made public Thursday on the Wake County clerk’s workplace.

“All through the thread of messages between the 2, Ms. Reed mentions ‘the plan’ or ‘the job,'” Garner Det. Amy Miller reported within the search warrant.

The detective mentioned Reed and Humple first deliberate to make use of poison to kill her mom.

“Poison it will likely be until I can consider one thing else Child,” Reed wrote.

“What’s going to you get poisoned?” Humple wrote again to her. “Espresso?”

Reed responded, “Good concept.”

Humple recommended that Reed give her mom a poisoned cup of espresso earlier than mattress, however the Garner lady mentioned they’d use water.

They then mentioned different strategies of poisoning the mom. Humple recommended arsenic, as a result of it “is colorless and tasteless.”

Reed promised she would if arsenic may very well be bought at Agra Provides, Amazon or eBay. Reed additionally minimize and pasted an internet commercial for a “Potassium/Sodium Cyanide Resolution.”

The thread ended with Humple telling Reed to get her mom’s loss of life certificates after she was useless, get the $20,000 life insurance coverage and speak to her mom’s dealer.

“They then have a dialogue about what banks to make use of,” Miller acknowledged within the search warrant.

Reed instructed the detective she despatched the messages to Humple, however that she meant no hurt to her mom.

“She mentioned she was simply speaking with Mr. Humple and since he’s ‘not actual,’ she did not assume something of it.”

Reed instructed the police she had by no means met Humple.

Reed first got here to the police’s consideration in late July, when members of the family mentioned she was concerned in a romance rip-off and sending cash to a person she had by no means met.

She instructed police she had used her authority as energy of lawyer over a pal, and took out a $5,000 money advance from his bank card and a $7,000 verify from an account. She additionally took out loans utilizing her mom and son’s private info.

Reed instructed investigators she was sending cash and reward playing cards to a person named “Michael Mascaro,” who she had met on Fb. Mascaro instructed her he was in India and wished her to ship iTunes reward playing cards for his teen daughter. Reed additionally despatched cash over a interval of months to Mascaro, who instructed her his daughter was within the hospital.

Reed talked about that Mascaro used a photograph on his Fb web page that she discovered on the web to be an individual named “Scott Humple.” When Reed confronted Mascaro, she mentioned he instructed her he would ship her his actual image earlier than he flew to India.

“She then began one other on-line romance with a ‘Scott Humple’ she situated on Instagram,” Miller, the Garner detective, reported.

“She believes she is married to Scott, nevertheless, she has by no means met both of those males in particular person,” Miller acknowledged. “She additionally claimed that she has by no means spoken to Scott Humple over the phone.”

Investigators used the search warrants to grab knowledge from Reed’s Apple iPad, Motorola mobile phone, house and VW Jetta. Police seized a composition ebook present in the lounge of her house, a checkbook and bank card that belonged to one of many victims, a laptop computer laptop and paperwork.

Reed stays in custody on the Wake County jail. She is being held in lieu of a $690,000 bail, a jail spokesman reported Thursday night time.


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