A little over a week after being charged with five counts of elder abuse in Los Angels, Stan Lee‘s former business partner Keya Morgan (born Keyarash Mazhari) was arrested in Arizona, on Saturday, May 25th. Morgan was taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department Commercial Crimes detectives, working with the Scottsdale and Phoenix police departments.
On Saturday, the LAPD issued a statement, which said in part:
“Mr. Lee had a large estate worth over an estimated $50 million with no clear protection from opportunists who could insert themselves into his life and take control of it.”
Morgan is accused of embezzling $5 million in cash and merchandise, and of false imprisonment for moving Lee to a secret apartment without alerting his daughter, JC, or caregivers.
The LAPD statement continued:
“Morgan removed Lee from his Hollywood Hills residence to a secured Beverly Hills condominium during the late night hours of June 8, 2018. Morgan was using this tactic to further deceive Lee into believing he was in danger and needed to be moved from his home to a more secured condominium where Morgan had more control over Lee.”
You may recall that Morgan made a false police report that Lee was being held at gunpoint when in actuality, members of Lee’s security staff had shown up for payment after Morgan fired them with no warning.
Morgan’s attorney, Alex Kessel, sent an email to The Associated Press on Saturday, following Morgan’s arrest, in which Kessel states that he had already arranged for Morgan to surrender to authorities on Tuesday. As his email read:
“It is unfortunate that the DA and police did not honor our commitment to surrender next week and arrested him.”
Last year, before Lee’s death, Morgan declared:
“For over 10 years I have shown nothing but love, respect & kindness to Stan Lee, & his wife, a fact he has repeated countless times. This is a witchhunt by his daughter and her lawyer against me because she cannot stand the fact Stan likes me so much. I will 100% prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the allegations against me are false. The truth will come out.”
Lee passed away on November 12, 2018, following the death of his wife Joanie in July 2017.
Morgan will go before a judge before being shipped back to LA. His bail is set at $300,000.