Homeless woman in viral video was once a millionaire, sues over stolen check
A woman who lost her legs to a subway train twelve years go became the latest internet celebrity after a video of her smoking marijuana on the New York subway went viral.
She had won a $4 million settlement with the Transit Authority, according to her lawyer, but she has lost the money.
Michelle Carter, who is now 60, lost her legs when she fell onto the subway tracks and was hit by a train in 2005. Then in 2014, she won a multimillion dollar settlement. She gave some of the money away, spent some and was robbed of the rest.
Carter is now suing JP Morgan Chase for cashing an $886,339.96 settlement check that was stolen from her in 2015.
“I was shocked that they cashed that check without any due diligence,” Carter’s attorney Robert Unger stated. “Many times I have written out settlement checks for $10,000 or so, and the banks wouldn’t cash them without checking everything out.”
Then, on January 10, Carter was videoed smoking pot on the M train.
In the video, you can hear a man saying, “That s–t is goofy!” while another man threatens to “deck” her, but Carter was having none of it.
“Get the f— off my train. Bye!” she yelled back from her wheelchair.
Unger says he finds the video deplorable, especially due to the fact that Carter is mentally handicapped and is not able to take care of herself. She splits her time living with family and living on the street.
“You can see she’s not normal and there they were cursing at her and threatening her,” Unger stated.