Crime Stoppers searching for alleged phone scammer following UWK investigation

Source: Crime Stoppers

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge police and the Capital Region Crime Stoppers are searching for a wanted fugitive who allegedly uses fake names to steal money from local business owners.

Unfiltered with Kiran first told you about Calvin Bethley, aka Willie Johnson, last month. Bethley reportedly used the alias “Willie Johnson” to convince people to give him large sums of money.

“He was so convincing”

Several business owners shared their experiences with Bethley — including David Belanger who says Bethley conned him out of $900 in June. He says Bethley, pretending to be Johnson, claimed to have worked on a project at Belanger’s home and knew enough information to sound believable and convince Belanger to write a $900 check. In the same scam, “Johnson” tried to get more money from Belanger, but this time a man named Frederick Heatley showed up at his home for the money. Belanger was able to stop payment on a $500 check before it was cashed.

 

Anthony Sanders tells UWK that he was targeted by “Johnson” over a year ago. Sanders says that he remembers “Johnson” calling him, saying that he regularly visits his business.

Sanders says he uses some of the same tactics used in Belanger’s case.

Sanders says that “Johnson” mentioned local spots near his business and used other cunning talk. “He was so convincing,” Sanders said.

“Johnson” reportedly told Sanders that his transmission stopped working while he was traveling in Mississippi. He said that there was a mechanic nearby who would be able to fix his vehicle, but that he was short $300.

Criminal past

Bethley has an extensive criminal past in conning unsuspecting victims. In 2015, Bethley was charged with six counts of theft ($750-$5,000) and five counts of identity theft (more than $1,000). Bethley was convicted on Count 5, which was “Attempt Identity Theft More than $1,000.”

Here is the information from Crime Stoppers:

FUGITIVE AT-LARGE
Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department are searching for CALVIN BETHLEY, 67, aka – WILLIE JOHNSON.
BETHLEY is wanted on the charges of Theft and Attempted Theft.
Investigators believe that BETHLEY called the victim using the name WILLE JOHNSON, and made him believe that he helped remodeled his house a while back. BETHLEY, aka JOHNSON, told the victim that he was in need of money because one of his machines broke and he needed it fixed to make a living. The victim agreed to help and issued him a check. After receiving the initial funds, BETHLEY, aka JOHNSON called the victim back asking for additional funds.
Investigators advise anyone who has experienced anything similar to contact local law enforcement.
If you have information on the whereabouts of CALVIN BETHLEY, aka WILLIE JOHNSON, contact Crime Stoppers:
Call 344-STOP (344-7867)
Download the P3 Tips App
Visit crimestoppers225.com
You will remain completely anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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