Relisha Rudd mom, grandma explain wads of cash

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Wads of cash posted on the Facebook page of Relisha Rudd's step-father in February and the $4,000 the mother received shortly after the disappearance came from legitimate confirmable sources, say Relisha Rudd's mother and grandmother.

Because the cash is stacked in the Facebook photos, it is difficult to estimate the amount of money, but it appears to be about twenty $50 bills, or about $1,000.

Relisha's grandmother, Melissa Young says the stacks of money on step-father Antonio Wheeler's Facebook page came from cashing two checks, one of which she described as a Social Security disability check.

Young is Relisha's maternal grandmother.

In a very brief conversation, Relisha's mother, Shamika Young, said the other check was a tax refund and that money she received was from a car accident.

The grandmother says Shamika Young received $4,000 three weeks after Relisha disappeared because of an insurance settlement.

Young says she and Relisha's mother, both received $4,000 settlements for injuries suffered in an April 10, 2013 car accident.

She said an attorney could confirm the settlement, and provided his name.

The attorney hasn't returned our calls.


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