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Attorney faces new set of charges

Williams accused of stealing estate money

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 8:36 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A Dixon attorney who pleaded guilty last year to stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly client is now facing theft charges in a new case.

Al Henry Williams, 65, was arrested Friday after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts of theft.

According to the Dixon Police Department, the administrator for Arthur Elmer Black’s estate gave $6,591 to Williams to pay outstanding bills associated with Black’s funeral in late 2010. But Williams didn’t pay the bills, Police Chief Danny Langloss said.

As a result, Williams was accused of theft by deception and theft by unauthorized control over property, the chief said.

Black, 81, a retired blacksmith, died Aug. 13, 2010. 

Williams was booked into the Lee County Jail on Friday. He posted a $25,000 bond for his release.

In July 2012, Williams pleaded guilty to financial exploitation of a disabled person and was sentenced to 6 months of conditional discharge and ordered to pay $15,992 in restitution to the estate of Dorothy Gaul, which he did immediately.

Gaul, then 97 and living in a nursing home, hired Williams in August 2008 to handle her financial assets, which included her Dixon home and more than $113,000 in checking and savings accounts.

In August 2009, Gaul hired a new attorney to look into Williams’ handling of the funds. Several months later, Williams sent the attorney a check made out to Gaul for $61,383. 

Williams had opened a joint checking account with Gaul to be used to pay her expenses.

He ended up depositing $92,800 into three bank accounts, then used the money for business or personal purposes.

Gaul died Feb. 1, 2010.

After pleading guilty, Williams agreed to let the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission remove him from the state’s roll of attorneys. He can no longer practice law.

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