Keya Morgan, the man accused of elder abuse against comic book legend Stan Lee, appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court on the charge of being a fugitive of justice.
Stan Lee, the creator of Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man as well as many others unfortunately lost his wife, Joan on July 6th, 2017. Then Keya Morgan, also known as Keyrash Mazhari, a New York-based memorabilia collector, became involved with Lee as his business parter/manager.
Come June 2018, according to The Guardian, Morgan was arrested when he tried to get police arrested who were visiting Lee’s house to perform a welfare check, claiming they were impostors trying to burglarize the home.
This resulted in Lee’s attorney filing a restraining order against Morgan. In the application for the restraining order in June, Morgan was “accused of isolating Lee from friends and family, and exploiting their relationship in order to embezzle artwork, cash and other assets worth more than $5m (£3.8m).
By August, the restraining order was granted and Morgan was ordered “to stay away from Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia “CJ” Lee, sixty-eight, and his eighty-six-year-old brother, Larry Lieber”.
However, this wasn’t the end. Afterwards, Stan Lee apparently sued Pow! Entertainment , a company he himself founded, claiming he was “conned into signing over rights to his identity and likeness” but eventuality dropped the lawsuit, calling it “confusing”.
This seems odd, but it Keya Morgan came up again, this time “accused of taking control of Lee’s Twitter account, as well as being behind a surprising $1bn lawsuit launched by Lee in May 2018 against Pow! Entertainment”.
Earlier this month, after Stan Lee’s passing in passing December, Keya Morgan was “issued with an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles superior court” on charges that “include false imprisonment, forgery, and fraud”.
Finally, he has made “his initial court appearance early Sunday in Arizona, where he was arrested after fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse”, writes Star Advertiser.
Currently, Morgan is in Phoenix, Arizona, but he is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles County, California.
Morgan stands accused of taking Lee from his Hollywood Hills home to a Beverly Hills condominium “where Morgan had more control over Lee”. CNBC writes that “Keya Morgan allegedly mishandled Lee’s money.” which “included $262,000 that Lee never received from autograph signing sessions”. Furthermore, KTLA writes that Morgan also “stole more than $100,000 from Lee through fraud and embezzlement in May and June 2018”.
Morgan is charged with one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder by use of fraud and deceit, three felony counts of grand theft from an elder of more than $950 and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse for knowingly and willfully inflicting mental suffering on Lee.
Prosecutors recommend Morgan’s bail be set at $300,000. If Morgan is convicted as charged, hefaces a maximum sentence of 10 years in custody.
Alex Kessel, an attorney for Morgan, has said his client has never abused or taken advantage of Lee.
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