FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The woman who conned a local man by pretending to be country music star Alison Krauss is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow (Nov. 19), according to jail records.
Peggy Evers, 54, of New Mexico is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, and her court appearance is scheduled for 7:45 a.m., jail records state.
She was arrested in New Mexico and booked at the Bernalillo Metropolitan Detention Center on Oct. 1 after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay said he issued that warrant after she skipped her scheduled court hearing back on Sept. 18, authorities say.
In January, Evers pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to theft by deception. She received eight years probation and was ordered to pay nearly $73,000 in restitution to her elderly victim and to return his vehicles within 60 days. Evers also signed the deed to his house back over to him.
In March, she violated the terms of her probation by not returning the victim’s vehicles within 60 days of her guilty plea, according to court documents
Police said Evers convinced 75-year-old Don Fulton she was Krauss and got him to sign his $245,000 home over to her in 2013. His bank account also fell by $40,000, according to an arrest warrant affidavit in Washington County Circuit Court.
Fulton later told police he believed Evers was Krauss and that she had changed her name to escape the paparazzi. He also said he signed his home over to Evers so that she could put it in Fulton’s son’s name.
Investigators also discovered that Evers had changed Fulton’s will to give her his money in the event of his death, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Evers gained control of Fulton’s home by alleging meritless battery accusations against Fulton, police said.