A retired FBI agent is accused of defrauding a Texas woman over $ 800,000 by convincing her she was on “secret probation” for drug crimes, federal prosecutors have said.
William Roy Stone Jr., 62, was charged last week with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of wire fraud conspiracy, false identity theft of a federal agent, engage in monetary transactions in property derived from illegal activity and misrepresentation to law enforcement, according to a statement from Prerak Shah, the acting US attorney for the North Texas District.
If convicted, Stone faces a sentence of up to 178 years in federal prison.
He first appeared in court on Friday, Shah said in the statement.
Stone is accused of telling a Granbury woman, identified in TC court documents, that she was on “secret probation” for drug crimes in Austin, Texas, according to the indictment.
Stone told CT he was assigned to her as a mentor and supervisor, and that she had to report her activities and assets to him, prosecutors said. She had recently inherited money from a grandmother.
He told her that she had to pay for expenses related to her surveillance, including travel, a house and vehicles, according to the indictment. He also convinced her to pay money that he claimed was “restitution” for an injured company, which he deposited into his own bank account, prosecutors said.
He repeatedly threatened her with jail time and said she would lose her children if she did not comply with his demands, authorities said.
Stone told CT she was not to share her probation status with anyone, according to the indictment.
He told her he could monitor her communications on his cell phone, made “spoof” calls to CT while pretending to be a judge monitoring her case, and asked someone else to make fake calls claiming come from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the indictment.
At one point, Stone even offered to marry CT, claiming he would ask the judge to drop his probation.
CT, over the course of several years, paid Stone more than $ 800,000, prosecutors said.
Stone pleaded not guilty on Friday, according to court documents. He is not in custody because a judge has ruled he can remain free during the case as long as he meets certain conditions, Gregg Gallian, whose firm represents Stone, told NBC News. It was not immediately clear on Tuesday what those conditions were.
Gallian added in a statement that he was not specifically commenting on the case.
“However, I can say that Mr. Stone will erase his name in the courtroom and in doing so will highlight the real facts of this case,” said Gallian. “There is a lot more to this story.”