Warning: West coast con artist may strike Bay Area
Leonard Weston Ramey Jr.
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By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service
June 10, 2006
Oregon authorities believe a con artist posing as an investor
is living somewhere in the Bay Area.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reported Leonard Weston
Ramey Jr., 59, was seen recently in San Rafael and Berkeley.
The FBI has Ramey on its list of 10 most wanted white-collar
criminals. The FBI believes Ramey has been stealing money from
family, friends and "clients'' in California, Oregon and
Washington since the 1980s.
Ramey presents himself as a lawyer, a securities stockbroker,
an expert in financial marketing or the owner of a fictitious
He has at least 15 aliases and is known to eat breakfast regularly
in restaurants where he orders Spanish omelets with a glass of
milk, the FBI reported. He rents or leases vehicles, is addicted
to gambling, plays the trumpet and wears a horse head ring on
his left ring finger.
Oregon officials say Ramey, known there as Kenneth Walden, bilked
one Oregon family of more than $300,000 before disappearing in
2001. There are outstanding warrants for his arrest in Oregon
The FBI reported Ramey was last seen on Oct. 3, 2002 in Incline
Village, Nev. near Lake Tahoe but disappeared immediately thereafter.
Ramey is white, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs
190 to 220 pounds and has salt-and-pepper gray hair and brown
The FBI reports he is wanted for aggravated theft in the first
degree, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, racketeering, money
laundering and other offenses.
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