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.