MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico woman who convinced an elderly man in Arkansas that she was a famous country singer is in trouble again. Police think she may be hiding out back here in New Mexico.
Peggy Sue Evers should have been walking into court Thursday in Arkansas, but she didn’t show, keeping a much lower profile than the woman she once pretended to be. Evers pleaded guilty in January to conning 75-year-old Don Fulton of Arkansas into believing she was actually Grammy-winning Bluegrass Country star Alison Krauss. Evers is from Edgewood, but the two met on an online dating website.
“I lost my wife back last June the 18th, and I was getting lonely and I was looking for some friendship,” Fulton said.
The couple got married last year and a few months later, investigators say Evers had drained Fulton’s life savings, got him to sign over the deed to his house and filed a will for him naming herself as his heir. Now, she is in trouble for violating probation by not returning his cars.
She had a hearing for that in Arkansas Thursday, but authorities there believe she is in New Mexico.
“She has several properties in Torrance County. She does frequent here on and off,” said Torrance County Sheriff Heath White.
A warrant for her arrest is expected to be issued in the next few days, which could get Torrance County deputies involved.
“We will start actively working it and working leads in Torrance County to keep our citizens safe and along with the citizens of New Mexico,” Sheriff White said.
Torrance County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Evers last year for also trying to impersonate Krauss to fool another man. No word yet on what is happening with that case.
Police say Evers told Fulton that she was the famous country star but that she was going by a different name because she was in the witness protection program. Fulton says she convinced him that she was Alison Krauss by singing some of her hits.