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Wife of fishing guide arrested by local authorities
Couple now both face charges connected to fraud
Pamela Jo Watson
Pamela Jo Watson

The wife of well-known fishing guide Shane Watson, recently accused of theft and fraud in multiple counties, has been taken into custody for a similar charge in Walton County.

Pamela Jo Watson, 50, of Cumming was arrested Saturday on an outstanding warrant from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.

According to the Walton County warrant, provided by an alleged victim, Watson is wanted in Walton County for deposit account fraud. A spokeswoman from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they have an active account fraud warrant for Pam Watson but could not provide further details.

Previously, the FCN reported that Shane Watson, 50, of Cumming was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on July 18, charged with three counts of felony theft by deception and one count of account fraud. Watson has also been implicated in a number of theft by deception and fraud cases in Banks, Monroe and Walton counties; Aiken County, S.C.; and the cities of Gainesville, Roswell and Milton. Incident reports indicated a pattern of fraudulent dealings in which Watson allegedly took thousands of dollars from victims under the guise of legitimate investments.

Walton County resident and alleged victim Devin Smith said that in 2017 he gave Shane and Pamela Watson $38,000 for a new boat and an investment deal, but when the boat and investment returns were due in 2018, he received nothing but a bad check and excuses from the couple.

Smith said that while he believes Shane Watson allegedly perpetrated the fraud, Pamela Watson was part of the scheme.

“She was there when I met Shane, she signed the check, she texted me, coordinated everything, and mailed me the check,” he said. 

Court records show that Pamela Watson, along with Shane Watson and his business, Shane Watson Guide Service, are the subjects of a civil lawsuit, filed on June 2 by attorney R. Brent Hatcher Jr. of Gainesville, which alleges charges of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud against the couple.

Numerous previous attempts to contact Shane and Pamela Watson for comment and to determine if either has legal representation have gone unanswered.

Pamela Watson is being held at the Forsyth County Jail under no bond while she awaits transfer to Walton County.

Shane Watson is also being held at the Forsyth County Jail under no bond while he awaits transfer to four other jurisdictions.

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