Police: Woman Pretends to be Alison Krauss, Bilks Elderly Man
A New Mexico woman is the subject of a multi-state investigation after police say she pretended to be a famous singer while defrauding a Washington County elderly man out of thousands of dollars and his home.
Sue Evers, 52, of Edgewood, N.M., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of abuse of an endangered or impaired person. Her Washington County Circuit Court arraignment is set for June 14, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Evers, left, convinced a 75-year-old local man she was country music singer Alison Krauss, right. During the time of the alleged crime, the man’s bank account fell from $45,000 to $5,000, and he signed his $245,000 house over to Evers, according to an arrest warrant affidavit in Washington County Circuit Court.
Fayetteville police began investigating Evers in April when First Security Bank officials contacted investigators, concerned because their elderly customer Don Fulton withdrew several thousand dollars within a few months, the affidavit states. Fulton’s son told a detective his father had recently met a woman online who the father believed was Krauss. Fulton had recently married Evers, and the son thought she might be taking financial advantage of him, according to the affidavit.
Fulton later told police he believe Evers was Krauss and that she had changed her name to escape the paparazzi. He also said he signed his home over to Evers so that she could put it in Fulton’s son’s name.
Investigators also found out that Evers had changed Fulton’s will to give her his money in the event of his death, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Evers gained control of Fulton’s home by alleging merit-less battery accusations against Fulton, police said.