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Retired FBI Agent Sentenced for Conning Granbury Woman in Secret Probation Scam

William Roy Stone Jr

Former FBI agent William Roy Stone Jr. was sentenced to 87 months (7 years, 3 months) in prison followed by three years of supervised release for defrauding a Granbury woman of over $700,000 by convincing her she was on "secret probation." Stone, 65, was found guilty of wire fraud, false impersonation of a federal officer, and other charges after a 12-day trial in August 2023.

His accomplice, Joseph Eventino DeLeon, 64, was also convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and is set to be sentenced on March 5, 2024.

Stone convinced the victim that she was under secret probation for federal drug crimes, appointing himself and DeLeon as administrators of her probation. They coerced her into providing them with substantial sums of money over eleven months, threatening her with imprisonment and loss of custody of her children if she didn't comply.

The scheme involved monitoring her communications, conducting surveillance, and even arranging spoof calls with a fictitious judge. They convinced her to distance herself from her family and transfer her assets to her own account, even suggesting marriage to Stone as a condition for discharge of her probation.

The investigation was conducted by the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the FBI. Stone retired from the FBI in 2015.

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