Authorities in Washington County are awaiting the extradition of a New Mexico woman they say convinced a 75-year-old man that she was the country/bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and eventually married the man before, police say, she raided his bank accounts and convinced him to sign over the deed to his house. KNWA in Fayetteville reports.
Investigators began looking in to the case in April after the man’s bank noticed large cash withdrawals from his accounts. The victim later told his son that he had met Alison Krauss online, and that “Krauss” had told him that the FBI had changed her name and birth date because she was working undercover.
Investigators say they soon learned that “Krauss” was Sue Evers, 52, of New Mexico. Evers and the victim reportedly wed in February. Soon after, police say, the victim’s savings dropped from $45,000 to $5,000 and he was convinced to sign over the deed to his $245,000 home. Investigators say they also found that Evers had filed a new will for the victim, naming herself as the beneficiary if he died.
After detectives contacted the victim and Evers in April and asked them to come in for interviews, Evers reportedly fled in the victim’s car. She was arrested Wednesday in Torrance County, New Mexico and will be extradited back to Arkansas to face charges of felony abuse of an endangered or impaired person.