Few people have $800,000 to spare. Even fewer would dare cook up a fraudulent story to drain such a massive sum into their own pockets.    

A Granbury area woman was allegedly “convinced” by a retired FBI agent named William Roy Stone Jr. that she was in danger of being put in prison and losing her children, according to authorities.

A news release provided to the HCN by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas states that in November 2015 Stone “allegedly convinced his victim, identified in court documents as C.T., that she was under ‘secret probation’ for drug crimes in ‘Judge Anderson’s court in Austin, Texas.’”

The news release explains that the “judge” was fictitious, and that Stone actually had retired from the FBI (Dallas Field Office) in October 2015. 

According to the news release, Stone claimed that he and “another individual” had been appointed by the “judge” to “mentor” and “supervise” C.T. He told C.T. that “her conditions of probation mandated that she report her activities, as well as a list of her assets, to Mr. Stone,” prosecutors claim.

Stone, along with a person identified as “Individual A” in the May 25 federal indictment, conspired to commit wire fraud starting in about November 2015 through about August 2019, according to authorities. C.T., the indictment states, gave Stone “over $800,000 in money and property,” and “At Stone’s direction, C.T. also gave property to Individual A for his participation in the scheme.”

Erin Dooley, a public affairs spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, explained, “When the indictment refers to ‘Individual A’ as ‘a person known to the Grand Jury,’ that simply means the Grand Jury knows who the person is. (The phrase is frequently used in indictments to refer to unindicted co-conspirators who've been identified by law enforcement).” 

Gregg Gallian, a Dallas attorney representing Stone, released the following statement to the HCN in response to questions seeking more details in the case:

“At this time, we are not going to comment on the facts of this case. However, I can say that Mr. Stone will clear his name in the courtroom and, in doing so, will bring the actual facts of this case to light. There is much more to this story.”

Stone made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Rebecca Rutherford on May 28. 

C.T. was told by Stone that she was “obligated to pay any expenses Mr. Stone incurred while supervising her, and was forbidden from disclosing her probation status to anyone. If she did not comply with the terms of his probation,” according to the news release, “she would risk imprisonment and the loss of her children.”

Cloey C. Pierce, special agent in charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Dallas Field Office, stated, “Stone allegedly conned, threatened, and stole from his victim, exploiting her trust in law enforcement for his own financial gain.”

MULTIPLE CHARGES

Stone is charged with seven counts of wire fraud, one count of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of false impersonation of a federal officer, one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity, and one count of making false statements to law enforcement, according to the news release noted previously. The release added, “Over the course of several years, C.T. gave Mr. Stone more than $800,000.”

The indictment indicates that C.T. had recently inherited property and assets from her grandmother — and “had to provide a list” to Stone, detailing those assets.

“Stone repeatedly threatened C.T. with incarceration and losing her children if she did not follow the alleged terms and conditions of probation,” the indictment states.

The money Stone obtained from C.T., according to the indictment, was used “to purchase and remodel a house, to purchase motor vehicles for Stone, and to pay restitution to ‘Company A’ that Stone said C.T. owed even though Stone deposited those funds into a bank account under his control and subsequently used those funds to purchase a house.”

The largest single transaction listed in the indictment was a withdrawal of $154,500 using a cashier’s check made payable to Stone. 

Others included cashier’s checks for $76,816.90 and $18,500 made payable to Park Place Mercedes, $25,000 payable to Bath Kitchen Design Center, and for $24,003.47 payable to Texas Toyota of Grapevine. There are also two cash withdrawals detailed, first for $9,000 and later for $5,000. 

Those transactions are listed as happening in June, September and October of 2016.

INHERITANCE

The indictment also states that Stone:

— Convinced C.T. “that her family wanted to take her inheritance away from her and that she should distance herself from them”;

— Convinced C.T. that he (Stone) “had the ability to monitor her cell phone communications”;

— “Placed “spoof” calls between himself and C.T. and the fictitious Judge Anderson to question C.T. about her conduct while on probation”;

— “Enlisted the aid of an individual to leave messages on Stone’s phone purporting to be from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ‘Intelligence Center’ inquiring about C.T.”

— “Claimed to discuss C.T.’s probation with a psychiatrist and telling C.T. about those discussions”;

— “Proposed to marry C.T. and then (claimed) he would seek a discharge of C.T.’s probation from Judge Anderson.”  

If convicted, Stone faces up to 178 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The news release notes the case was investigated by the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Fort Worth Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marcus Busch and Katherine Miller are the prosecutors in Stone’s case.

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