Prescott AZ (July 17, 2019) – Today Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating John Williamson. In July of this year, YCSO detectives began investigating the theft of $30,000 from an 84-year-old woman victimized by a scam. The woman told detectives that upon returning from a trip, 2 men showed up at her door arriving in a black truck. They told her that while she was gone, it was necessary to replace her entire septic system at a cost of $67,000. Her first response was that of panic because she did not have that much money. They told her she could make payments and suggested going to the bank to obtain what cash she could.
Under duress, she agreed, and they followed her to a Prescott area bank while they waited across the street. The 84-year-victim withdrew $12,500, went across the street and surrendered the cash to the suspects. The next day, the same 2 men came back and asked for more money and she wrote out a check for $17,500 and the men left. On the following day, she received a call from a bank in Flagstaff, Arizona, requesting her authorization to cash the check and she told them yes, based on the work completed. The bank then cashed the check. No work was done on the septic system.
- John Williamson
- Charges: Fraud Schemes and Theft
- DOB 12/20/1960 (58 Years of age)
- 5 feet 11 inches
- 175 pounds
- Brown hair and green eyes
Detectives identified the two suspects as Daniel Miller and John Williamson. Miller was arrested, but Williamson is still at large. Williamson has a Nationwide extraditable warrant for Fraud Schemes and Theft. His last known address was in Gilbert, AZ, but he may be in Texas. Williamson also has aliases of John Taylor and Frank Whales.
Anyone providing information leading to Williamson’s arrest will be eligible for a $500.00 cash reward. To earn the reward, call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at www.yavapaisw.com. Remember, all calls are anonymous, and you never have to give your name.
Yavapai Silent Witness’ July, 2019 Catch 22 campaign which began July 1, 2019 is underway. The media release assigned to each day’s fugitive will be issued the prior afternoon to allow for media deadlines.
Every day through July 22, 2019, Yavapai Silent Witness will share information about a wanted fugitive from the program. A direct tip to Silent Witness resulting in the arrest of the fugitive will result in a $500 cash reward.