Walking Between The Rain Drops by Derek Lancer
Thomas Clay Wilson Sr. : Is he the most brilliant conman in US history? This guy makes the characters in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels look like Boy Scouts earning merit badges.
He is reportedly working his trade in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado and beyond as far as Jackson Hole. Do not believe a word he says since Wilson has left a trail of financial ruin coast to coast. However, Tom Wilson is cautious not to commit criminal offenses, only civil offenses.
Wilson cannot be touched for his heinous acts because "he know all the holes in the legal system and is made of 100% Teflon" according to scam victim Patricia Owens who lost a reported 1.6 million dollars in New Mexico.
Wilson targets men and women with equal expertise and reportedly even conned a former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice, according to Owens. One victim said "Tom Wilson could charm a fox out of it's fir and the fox would give it up willingly".
Wilson knows more about real estate than most any broker. He understands more about finance than Harvard's most skilled MBAs and has proven it from Washington State to Florida and Maine to Arizona. Thomas Wilson is a legal shark and is more skilled at it's practice than most attorneys. His former wife, Sally Chickering, claims his IQ is off the charts.
Wilson is described by his victims as tall and heavy in the middle. He is 59 years old. Dark wavy hair with a touch of gray, no facial hair. Wilson has a dark birth mark on his lower cheek. Wilson's favorite scam target is buying distressed motels in semi-rural areas or ranches to build green houses. The funds to purchase the properties never materialize and yet he finds ways to walk away with thousands and sometimes millions of dollars. Wilson allegedly embezzles cars from dealerships and does so without consequences. He was last reported to be driving a brown ford excursion diesel that he took from Rich Ford in Edgewood, New Mexico. The dealership confirmed the embezzlement occurred in May 2013.
Thomas Clay Wilson Sr. was born May 12, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio to Glen and Helen Wilson until the family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Wilson graduated from Bradford College in New Hampsphire. Wilson has lived all over the country. He reportedly scammed a Teton Valley, Idaho man out of over $60, 000 in electronics.
Wilson's third wife - Sally Chickering - was scammed for everything she owned. Chickering reported losing her life savings and was awarded a sizable settlement she feels will never be collected. Wilson falsely accused another x-wife of trying to kill him. This unfortunate person spent 9 days in Jail and lost her house, job, retirement and her child's college fund.
Patricia Owens claims Wilson scammed for 1.6 million dollars. Owens spent hundreds of thousands trying to recover it. Wilson had already burned through a million in a couple weeks and then declared bankruptcy. Since Owens was low on the list to collect, she spent a reported $200, 000 to collect $300, 000 of the original 1.6 million dollars swindled.This is just a sampling of one former wife's estimated 100 plus victims nationwide
The only defense against Tom Wilson is foreknowledge of his methods and distance from him in miles. Perhaps one day congress will pass the Thomas Clay Wilson Sr. Scam Prevention Act. Until then, beware!