Man, 73, draws prison time in Oklahoma County jail after bilking 81-year-old out of $20,000

Willie Ray Williams pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County to conspiring with another man to defraud Rex Smith in 2008. Williams has a rap sheet that spans more than 50 years and felony cases pending in two counties.
by Tim Willert Published: March 30, 2013

Smith met Williams at a gas station and agreed to give him a ride to a fast-food restaurant where Williams made contact with co-defendant Thomas Powell Brewer.

Brewer deceived Smith into thinking he withdrew $20,000 from a bank to show Williams banks could be trusted, and offered to pay Smith $5,000 if he would withdraw $20,000 to prove the point, the victim testified at the preliminary hearing for both defendants.

Smith told the judge he withdrew the money because he wanted to show the men banks could be trusted.

“I was brought up to trust people,” Smith said. “I was trying to help them. They broke my trust in people.”

Smith said he wanted to run over the men with his car after they took his money and ran.

“I was going to take it back to the bank,” Smith testified.

Brewer, 70, pleaded no contest to the charges in April 2011 and received a 20-year suspended sentence. He was ordered to pay restitution, court records show.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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