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.