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The Fraud Of An Elderly Woman In Prescott Highlights Day 17 of “Catch 22”

Today is Day 17 of Yavapai Silent Witness’s “Catch 22” program, where each day we will spotlight a person who is wanted in Yavapai County. Today we focus on 58-year-old John Williamson. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials recently started an investigation in the theft of a 84-year-old woman of $30-thousand dollars in a scam. Officials say the woman returned to her Blue Hills home from a week vacation last October when two men in a black truck pulled up. They told her that while she was gone, they had to replace her entire septic system for $67-thousand dollars. She told the men she didn’t have all of the money, but had some. The men followed her to the bank and she withdrew over $12-thousand dollars and gave it to them. The next day the men came back to the house wanting more money. She wrote them a check for over $17-thousand dollars. The bank called her to ask about the check, it was then when she realized no work had been done and it was a scam. One of the men, 45-year-old Daniel Jay Miller, was arrested in Flagstaff and denied any involvement. The second suspect is Williamson, who also goes by John Taylor and Frank Whales. His last known address was in Gilbert, but could be in Texas. Yavapai Silent Witness is offering $500 for information leading to his arrest. If anyone knows Williamson’s whereabouts, contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at yavapaisw.com.