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November 28, 2012

Businessman convicted of theft, gets probation

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WEATHERFORD —

“Long story short, he never gave us our carpet,” Stepp said almost three years later. 

Eventually he wrote a letter to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Stepp said. 

Pursuing Williams in civil court seemed like “throwing good money after bad,” Stepp said. 

Though the Parker County couple was able to obtain restitution through criminal court, the civil court system does not appear to have been as successful in obtaining restitution for those claiming Williams owes them money. 

Harry Bearman was awarded a judgement of more than $8,700 by a Tarrant County County Court at Law Judge in June 2010, but his name is listed as a theft victim in the Tarrant County indictment earlier this year. 

Similarly, Kurt Phippen was awarded a judgement of $2,900 in January 2010 by a Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, but his name is also listed as a victim in the indictment. 

Stepp called Bearman pivotal in organizing the group seeking justice. 

“We’ve all kind of stayed in contact about our problems,” Stepp said. 

Williams has initiated his own court proceedings as well, but court filings indicate a judge recently agreed that Williams was abusing the system in order to delay those he owed money. 

Federal bankruptcy court filings show Williams has filed for bankruptcy at least five times since 2001. 

A 2009 bankruptcy case was dismissed for failure to make plan payments, while the latest bankruptcy case was dismissed in January for abuse of the system, court filings indicate. The Chapter 13 trustee told the court he believed Williams was attempting to “manipulate the judicial process” by filing multiple times to delay his creditors. 

The Democrat attempted to reach Williams for comment, but a message left with a family member Tuesday was not returned by deadline.  

A business number listed on the Internet did not work, so it was unclear if Williams continues to do business in the Tarrant County area.

 

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