Three Men Accused Of Conning Family Into Handing Over Estate

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted three men for allegedly conning an Arizona family into handing over their late father's estate, including a $3 million property in Alaska.

The defendants are accused of falsely telling the family their tax-deductible donations were going to a church that provides humanitarian aid around the world.

The 11-count indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Joseph
Lawrence Williams of Hayward, Keith Aaron Vann of Oakland and
William Joseph Little Jr. of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Williams and Vann, who were also charged with money laundering,
pleaded not guilty and were each released on $250,000 bond by U.S.
Magistrate Wayne Brazil in Oakland.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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