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Williams is accused of posing as a certified pharmaceutical technician instructor and defrauding 10 victims out of more than $3,000. Williams is accused of posing as a certified pharmaceutical technician instructor and defrauding 10 victims out of more than $3,000.
Investigators say people trying to improve their situation trusted a woman to teach them what they needed to know in order to get a job at a pharmacy. Investigators say people trying to improve their situation trusted a woman to teach them what they needed to know in order to get a job at a pharmacy.
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(WMC) - Investigators say people trying to improve their situation trusted a woman to teach them what they needed to know in order to get a job at a pharmacy. But police say it was all a scam.

Constance Williams is charged with impersonating a licensed professional and theft of property. She is accused of posing as a certified pharmaceutical technician instructor and defrauding 10 victims out of more than $3,000.

"I'm really shocked 'cause she live around here, right. I've seen her just driving the street. I don't anything about her," said neighbor Genel Wiley.

Police say the victims had been paying Williams for a class. Williams said the class would result in them becoming a certified pharmacy tech.

On Saturday police were called to 6000 Poplar Avenue, where several victims said Williams had defrauded them. It is not clear why they were at this address.

According to officials, Williams is not a certified pharmaceutical technician or an instructor.

WMC Action News 5 went to Williams' house, where she was seen getting out of the passenger side of a car. A man approached the news team and stated that she did not wish to comment.

Williams' next door neighbor, who did not want to be seen, said she does not know Williams but did not think much of the accusations.

"That's wrong. That's wrong," said the neighbor.

Certified Pharmaceutical Technicians assist licensed pharmacists with preparing prescription medications and administrative and customer service tasks. Action News 5's Janice Broach spoke with a school that offers a 13-month long certification course.

Williams was arrested on Saturday after the 10 victims signed typed statements, and was arraigned on Monday.

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