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Tool Inventor Scam in Cochise Co. in 1912

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Tool Inventor Scam in Cochise Co. in 1912

Posted: 1354158601000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1354158655000
Surnames: Bessolo/McCoy
I am curious if anyone out there has any ancestors that were involved or impacted by a scam by a tool inventor. His name was William L Bessolo. He came to Arizona and was able to convince miners, mostly Italian, to invest in his tool company with the promise of land near San Diego as a perk. I have found multiple articles in the Bisbee Bee and other papers of the time, just curious if there are any family stories handed down. I know he was able to take money from people in Bisbee, Tombstone, Morenci, Clifton, and Douglas. He was charged with mail fraud and plead guilty. He spent 11 months in the Yavapai County jail in Prescott. He was with a woman whom he called his wife. Her name was Felicia McCoy Bessolo.
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