(DeSoto County, MS) The 2010 ads on Craig’s List sounded convincing. Great seats to fabulous concerts, and fantastic prices.
Problem is, those tickets didn’t exist.
Investigators in DeSoto County followed the internet trail that led to 25-year-old Laura Williams of Horn Lake.
”We were investigating a series of transactions that were conducted over Craig’s List involving concert tickets where we had victims complaining they never received any tickets.” said Assistant District Attorney Luke Williamson.
She’d have money wired to local stores, where security cameras caught her in the act.
Williamson prosecuted Williams, got an indictment, a guilty plea, and a sentence of probation, ”And then we got word from various authorities that she was up to her old tricks.”
That was just a few weeks after her plea in State court.
This time she faced a new, long list of federal charges which alleged she bilked folks to the tune of $82,000.
It resulted in another guilty plea, but in the federal system the punishment is likely to be much more than probation.
”It’s not as much buyer beware these days it’s criminal beware,” said Williamson, who says he’s not surprised the feds caught Williams again, but he’s glad they did.
Laura Williams now faces sentencing from U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla, as far as we can determine, a date hasn’t been set.