Woman indicted in murder scheme

February 25, 1994|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer

A 48-year-old Frederick nurse was indicted yesterday in a murder-for-hire scheme against an elderly man, whom prosecutors say she had cheated of $100,000.

Doris Jean Prevost worked for Austin E. Kemp Sr. for two years, caring for his ailing wife until her death in October. Authorities say Mr. Kemp, 84, turned down the nurse's request last fall for a $35,000 loan. Soon, however, she presented a bank teller with a handwritten deposit slip instructing the bank to move $100,000 from Mr. Kemp's savings account to her own checking account, prosecutors said.

Over the next month, Ms. Prevost wrote checks for thousands of dollars -- for computer equipment, car repairs and credit card bills -- according to court records.

Mr. Kemp realized in January that the money was missing and began talking to the FBI and to bank officials, who froze Ms. Prevost's account. She responded by hatching a plan to kill her former employer, the FBI said.

According to a court affidavit:

FBI Agent Stephen Tidwell, tipped off about her interest in hiring a killer, posed as a hit man.

The tipster acted as intermediary between Ms. Prevost and the agent, conveying numerous messages. Ms. Prevost was willing to pay $5,000 in nontraceable jewelry. She provided two letters identifying Mr. Kemp as the victim and describing his daily routine.

She specified that the hit man was to make the killing look like the outcome of a robbery. Mr. Kemp's body was to be put in the trunk of his car and the car was to be left at a Metro station. She specified that he was not to suffer.

A copy of a bogus $35,000 loan agreement between Mr. Kemp and Ms. Prevost was to be left at his Frederick condominium, along with a letter that would appear to be written by him, apologizing and admitting that he had authorized the $100,000 transaction.

On Feb. 10, Agent Tidwell met Ms. Prevost in a mall parking lot. She gave him a diamond ring valued at $1,067 as a down payment. When he asked for a $1,500 cash payment after the slaying, she agreed and said, "It's worth it," according to the affidavit.

Authorities have recovered $65,000 of Mr. Kemp's money, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph L. Evans said.

In late January, Ms. Prevost explained the $100,000 to investigators by saying that Mr. Kemp had lent her $35,000 and given her the other $65,000 as a gift, according to court records.

She faces six counts of bank fraud, two counts of witness-tampering and one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

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