The mother of a man sought in connection with a fraud case was arrested after allegedly tipping the fugitive off before agents’ arrival and lying to police.

73 year old Gloria Jean Powell of St. George, was arrested Tuesday and later charged with one third-degree felony count of obstruction of justice.

She was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.

Her son, 50-year-old Frank Gene Powell, is being sought for questioning and is listed as the primary suspect in a fraud ring that was exposed after police received reports that an elderly woman was being exploited.

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