Ludlow woman faces more charges in abuse case
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | November 17,2012
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Ludlow woman who has been accused, along with her husband, of systematically abusing their children and several vulnerable adults whom she allegedly lured from out of state to live with her at the couple’s trailer in Ludlow is now facing a total of 51 separate criminal charges.
Krista Hudson, 31, who has been held in pre-trial detention since her last set of arraignments in September on dozens of counts of domestic assault, unlawful restraint, and extortion, was brought back into the courtroom in White River Junction on Thursday.
Hudson entered innocent pleas to four new charges: three misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint and confinement of a vulnerable adult and a felony count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
The new charges center on two men and a woman who were described by investigators as being impaired by mental retardation and a mood disorder to the point that the woman received Supplemental Security Income from the government.
The criminal complaint alleges that Hudson pressured the woman into making Hudson her “payee” for her SSI income and then took the proceeds for her own uses, allegedly leaving an average of just $5 in the woman’s account for her use each month.
Detectives from Vermont’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit wrote that when they interviewed Hudson about the allegations she referred to the alleged victim as her “on again off again” girlfriend and went on to describe her as “not all there.”
During the interview, detectives said, Hudson’s recollection of the amount of money taken from the woman’s account was contradicted by bank records they had obtained. When she was confronted with the discrepancies, they said Hudson replied that “she suffered from short-term memory loss due to a car crash so she could not recall” the extent of the withdrawals that had been made.
Both Krista Hudson and her husband, Richard, are being held for lack of $30,000 bail while they await trial. The couple’s children, who some of the victims alleged were used by the couple to chase down and physically restrain some of the disabled adults who tried at various times to leave the residence, have since been placed in foster care by the state.