84-year-old talks about losing money in MLGW scam - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

84-year-old talks about losing money in MLGW scam

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – An 84-year-old Memphis woman is left picking up the pieces after being scammed. Willia Ruth Wilkins said the bank let her know in a letter that nearly $1000 belonging to her paid someone else's MLGW bill. 

"It means a lot to somebody like me cause, you see, that's all I get," said Wilkins.

Wilkins said she's disabled and on a fixed income.

"I never had that happen to me before," said Wilkins.  "And I really don't know what's going on."

Evetta Morgan, 42, is exactly half Wilkins' age.  She's the one accused of using the elderly lady's money to pay her own utility bill. 

According to an affidavit, Morgan told her boyfriend to pay the bill if he wanted their relationship to go further.  But police said Morgan could not provide a date of birth or address for her boyfriend.

"Sometimes these scammers, you know, they're trying to target the more vulnerable parts of our population," said MLGW spokesman Glen Thomas.

MLGW gave police the phone number used when Morgan's $905 bill was paid using Ms. Wilkins' bank account information.  However, the number was subsequently disconnected.  The utility is now working to try and figure out what happened.

"We have an entire department devoted to revenue protection," said Thomas.  "That can include unauthorized use of services. It can include unauthorized payments, which is apparently the case in this situation."

Wilkins just wants to be protected.

"I think if they would punish people for what they do, it wouldn't be so bad," said Wilkins.  "But they don't punish people anymore."

Evetta Morgan is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and theft.  She bonded out of jail Wednesday.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:27 AM EST2018-02-23 10:27:02 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
  • Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)

    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

    More >>

    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly