By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Fraud accusations in the lawsuit Aldridge v. Aldridge are set for trial in Lee County Chancery Court.
Chancellor Michael Malski set proceedings to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 23.
Touched by an Angel Ministries Inc. and three Aldridge family members face fraud accusations from an elderly relative, Florence A. Aldridge.
She claims she lost $250,000 or more, and other property, while Louis Aldridge of Tupelo had her durable power of attorney from Jan. 22, 2003, until Nov. 12, 2008.
Also named defendants are Louis’ wife, Janice, and their son, state Rep. Brian Aldridge, who runs the charity.
Florence Aldridge wants an account of what happened to her assets while they were in the care of Louis, her brother-in-law.
She also wants the return of money, and personal items, as well as compensation for other damages and punitive damages.
The defendants deny her claims and asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.
Touched by an Angel Ministries Inc. of Tupelo operates a camp for the disabled.
In an April 28, 2010, filing, Florence Aldridge claimed that after she gave her power of attorney to Louis Aldridge, he sold her house, filed incorrect tax returns for her, took over life insurance proceeds from her husband’s death and forged her signature to checks “contrary to her best interest.”
She alleged that the charity received the $250,000 and that the trio conspired and used $34,000 of her money for two Hawaii vacations and other purposes.