The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the location of a suspect wanted for carrying out a scheme to scam an elderly resident out of thousands of dollars.
On Aug. 19, 2021, at about 5:20 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a McKinleyville residence for a fraud investigation. There, deputies contacted a 92-year-old victim who told deputies that she had been scammed out of almost $10,000 by a man claiming to be a contractor.
The suspect, identified through further investigation as 44-year-old Shanadoa Wayne Johnson, reportedly contacted the victim at her residence earlier this week. Johnson reportedly told the victim that he had taken over his deceased father’s contracting business and that Johnson’s father worked on the victim’s property years ago. Johnson reportedly convinced the victim to have her driveway resurfaced and repairs done to her roof. The victim was charged almost $10,000 for these services. Friends of the victim alerted law enforcement after inspecting the residence and realizing that while the driveway did appear to be resurfaced, Johnson did not do repairs to her roof, despite charging over $8,000 for roof repair services.
Johnson is wanted on warrants for similar crimes occurring in Oregon, Nevada, and Siskiyou County. Anyone with information regarding Johnson’s whereabouts or who may have fallen victim to Johnson’s fraudulent activities is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
Shanadoa Wayne Johnson | Lane County Sheriff's Office 2013