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Uncle sues for bond money from Aurora woman charged with kidnapping

Laureth May

Laureth May

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:28AM

The uncle of an Aurora woman accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a former student, is suing her and her fiancé for bond money he lent them, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

The woman, Laureth May, 30, was charged in March with kidnapping and sexual assault after taking her three children and one of her former students, a minor, to Florida, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Michael Selman, who lives in Hawaii, is May’s uncle and godfather. In his suit, Selman says he wired May’s fiancé, Shelton Collins of Aurora, $100,000 for bond. Selman claims he only agreed to pay the bond after Collins said he would return the money immediately after it was refunded by the court.

Selman also gave Collins a $15,000 loan to help with family expenses and $20,000 for legal fees, according to the lawsuit. The loan was to be repaid by the end of summer.

The lawsuit claims May and Collins failed to send Selman the bond refund and have refused to pay back the loan. They also failed to respond to any of Selman’s attempts to contact them.

May left her home in the 200 block of Plum Street in Aurora early Feb. 16, after an argument with Collins, authorities said. She took her three young sons with her, as well as a 17-year-old Cicero girl.

On March 20, May and the girl were identified by Florida state troopers who had pulled the two over for a traffic stop in Florida. Florida police identified the girl from information provided by the Cicero police and took May, the girl and the three children — all younger than 5 — into custody.

In September, May’s case was resolved and she was placed on probation, according to the lawsuit.

The 10-count lawsuit seeks an injunction against the defendants’ assets, for the defendants to turn over the bail refund, pay all costs incurred by Selman, and additional relief.

May and her fiancé could not be reached for comment.

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