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Con artists leave victims with no cash and no car

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 23:04:30-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a criminal couple who have used less than savory business tactics to scam cash and cars from local residents.

Over the last few months, detectives have received approximately 10 new cases of victims being conned in an auto sales scheme.  The suspects, who are using fake ID’s from North Carolina under the names of Donnie and Angel Williams, were buying and selling cars online through Ebay and other car sales websites.  In some instances, they sold cars that weren’t theirs and provided customers with fraudulent titles.  In other cases, they were selling cars and receiving money for the sales, but never actually delivered the cars to the buyers.  Detectives believe that these two con artists have been committing similar crimes throughout the state, and now they’re on the run again, after pocketing a large amount of money from unsuspecting local victims.

All known phone numbers for the two are now out of service, and all social media links have been abandoned or taken down.  The real Donnie Williams is actually a gentleman from North Carolina who is in ill health, residing in an assisted living facility.  No information is known on who Angel Williams is.  What detectives do believe is that the two are travelling together, and are likely still perpetuating similar crimes

Anyone with information on these two suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.