Alleged Scammer Arrested
in Douglasville

Doug Evans Doug Evans

  • Edited By: Leigha Baugham |

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (MyFOX ATLANTA) – Police said Wednesday that they are searching for an alleged scam artist who they say tried to swindle $5,000 from an 82-year-old Douglasville woman.

Police arrested 44-year-old Susan Elizabeth Devera in the scam. Investigators said Devera told the elderly woman that she was a Home Depot worker who had just found a bag full of cash in a shopping center parking lot.

Police said Devera’s bag of money was a hoax to try and get the woman to withdraw thousands of dollars from her bank account.

“It was found that it was only two $20 bills, one on bottom, one on top. [In between the real bills] was promotional type money that was given out at Chinese restaurants, so it appeared to be real bills,” said Det. Clinton Ratliff of the Douglasville Police Department.

Investigators said the 82-year-old woman drove Devera to a Douglasville bank, where she withdrew $5,000. Police said the man secretly followed the woman into the bank to watch her.

According to investigators, the bank manager knew the victim and suspected she might be getting swindled so he called police.

Devera was arrested, but the man got away.

The victim’s money was returned. “The money was returned to her and I personally made sure that it was put back into her bank account,” said Ratliff.

Police said they man they are looking for is a suspect in other pigeon drop schemes were elderly victims have lost thousands of dollars. Police said Devera claimed she didn’t know the man’s real identity.

Devera is also facing drug charges.