• Bank drops all financial charges against woman who accused Memphis pastor of credit card fraud

    By: Greg Coy

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Results for a Memphis woman finally came a month after she came to FOX13 for help.

    After a lengthy investigation, Bank of America determined that Clevie Williams, 80, was not the victim of credit card fraud. 

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    However, after FOX13 approached bank officials, Williams said the bank had dropped all financial charges against her. Officials told FOX13 Wednesday that the situation “had been resolved.”

    Williams accused her former pastor, Frederick Smith, of stealing her information to open credit cards in 2015. 

    Smith, who bonded out of jail, said the whole thing is just a misunderstanding. 


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    Williams was still receiving bills from Bank of America even though her case is now a criminal investigation. Despite filing a fraud report and a police report against Smith for opening a Bank of America card, the company still billed her for $18,000. 

    She said Smith was the one who made those purchases in 2015, not her. 

    “They want their money from me, and I have never had a card from them,” Williams said. 

    Smith was arrested and charged with identity theft and theft of property involving credit cards. 

    On Wednesday, a bank employee told Williams that all of the money she owed was dropped, so she no longer owes the $18,000.

    Williams’ son told FOX13 now they are planning to sue Smith in civil court. 

    They contacted the Cochran Firm to sue Smith in civil court, but the firm told FOX13 it hasn’t decided if it will take the case.

    The family started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for legal fees if the attorneys take the case. You can find it here.

    FOX13 reached out to Smith’s attorney for comment, but we have not heard back. 

    Williams’ family told FOX13 that Bank of America will pass the information onto the credit agencies that Williams no longer owes money. 

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