A 28-year-old Vermont man is accused of killing his grandfather to obtain trust fund money and later killing his mother while they were at sea for an alleged fishing trip in an attempt to access millions of dollars in inheritance, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Nathan Carman, 28, has been charged with federal murder and fraud counts.
Federal prosecutors say that Carman’s mother, Linda, went missing during a 2016 fishing trip on her son’s boat, Chicken Pox, which he purposefully sunk off the coast of Rhode Island.
Prosecutors alleged he rigged the boat so it would take on water, then lied to the Coast Guard and other law enforcement officials about his mother’s disappearance.
Three years earlier, Carman killed his grandfather John Chakalos by shooting him twice while he slept in his Windsor, Conn., home, prosecutors say.
“Both killings were part of a scheme to obtain money and property from the estate of John Chakalos and related family trusts,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont said in a statement Tuesday.
The federal public defender’s office in Vermont, which was representing Nathan Carman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Carman has consistently denied he had anything to do with his mother’s disappearance or his grandfather’s death.
Chakalos bequeathed a $42 million estate to his four adult daughters, including Linda Carmen. The patriarch amassed tens of millions of dollars by building and renting nursing homes, prosecutors said.