UPDATE: The King County Sheriff's Office tells us Tim Ephram's family saw the WMW story in Oregon, and told him about it so Ephram went “underground”.
They say he then got scared and surrendered, and confirm the WMW story definitely got Ephram to turn himself in.
He was arraigned Thursday morning in King County, and pleaded not guilty. A case setting hearing is scheduled for July 13 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.
---ORIGINAL CASE 6/10/11---
The King County Sheriff's Office is looking for Tim J. Ephram, A.K.A. Ron Stevens (and many other names). He's a self-described 'Gypsy'.
He's in his early 40’s, but authorities don't know his exact age because he's given different birthdates.
He has a $50,000 warrant for theft, and nation-wide extradition. He is a self-described Gypsy.
The warrant is the result of four counts of felony theft wherein he is de-frauding money from folks, conning them out of savings and retirement monies.
One victim, Fred "Smokey" Basler of Kent says the guy defrauded him out of $2.3 million.
Detectives think he might currently be in the Portland or Salem area, but could also be back in the King County area.
If you have any information on where Tim Ephram may be, or if you think you've been victimized by him, call:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS