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Posted on: April 11, 2018

Police seeking people who may have been victimized by woman posing as a distressed military wife

Javon Harris


April 11, 2018


Contact: Officer Mike Wood, PIO
 (850) 393-1633


Pensacola Police detectives are seeking those who may have fallen victim to a scam conducted by a woman posing as a distressed military wife.


The woman, 34 year old Javon Lasha Harris, of the 3000 block of W. Gadsden Street in Pensacola, would begin the scam by approaching people and asking if they were former military. If the victim said “yes”, then Harris would begin to tell them her husband is active duty military in Virginia, and she has fallen on hard times here in Pensacola. She asked for money in exchange for gift cards, and also asked victims to accept checks from her for cash. She claimed she needed the money for medications and vehicle repairs. The checks she made out were from an account belonging to a “Betty Smith”. In some of the cases, Harris would have a small child with her. She has been arrested and charged with larceny, exploitation of the elderly, forgery, and passing a forged instrument.


Harris has also conducted the scams within the jurisdictions of Gulf Breeze, and Escambia County. If you believe you were also a victim of these scams committed by Harris, call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435-1965. 


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