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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: 28 Nov 2012 8:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Nov 2012 8:10PM GMT
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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jenbeslow 29 Nov 2012 3:10AM GMT 
betmark2 29 Nov 2012 9:41AM GMT 
jenbeslow 29 Nov 2012 2:40PM GMT 
brianwatson55... 18 Feb 2013 5:18AM GMT 
jenbeslow 18 Feb 2013 5:32PM GMT 
brianwatson55... 18 Feb 2013 5:40PM GMT 
jenbeslow 27 Feb 2013 6:38AM GMT 
brianwatson55... 27 Feb 2013 7:35AM GMT 
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