Reports that a Rocky Mount woman has been convicted of defrauding her elderly in-laws and stealing their identities are incorrect, a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Friday.
According to the original statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Elizabeth Williamson, 55, was convicted in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina and sentenced on Thursday to 21 months imprisonment for bank fraud and 24 months imprisonment for aggravated identify theft for her part in a scheme to defraud her elderly in-laws. Those sentences are to be served consecutively.
The statement originally said Williamson was from Rocky Mount and that story has been distributed on local social media pages. However, the Telegram checked the original indictment against her and learned that she is actually from Evergreen in Columbus County, where the crime occurred.
Once contacted about this error, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that an error had been made and has since updated the statement to reflect that Williamson is from Columbus County.