Former Dallas Center car salesman yet to pay off 2017 theft

Cornell Daniel Williams, 50, of Humboldt, Iowa, was arrested Friday on a Dallas County warrant for violation of probation in connection with a 2018 conviction for second-degree theft.

A former car salesman in Dallas Center was arrested Friday on a Dallas County warrant in connection with a 2017 incident in which he sold a car, pocketed the proceeds and skipped town.

Cornell Daniel Williams, 50, of 202 11th St., N., Humboldt, was charged with violation of probation in connection with a 2018 conviction for second-degree theft.

According to court records, Williams was employed selling cars at BAM Motors in Dallas Center in September 2017 and “had already been notified that he was being fired” effective Sept. 16, when on Sept. 12 he sold a car to a man “who was buying the car for his grandson,” according to court records.

Williams insisted that the buyer pay in cash, and so the buyer “paid $2,200 cash to Williams for the car,” and the “title was given and paperwork completed,” according to court records.

After the transaction, Williams collected his belongings from the BAM Motors workplace and left the premises, taking with him the $2,200 in cash, and he “has not been heard from since,” according to court records.

A warrant for Williams’ arrest was ordered Sept. 28, 2017, in Dallas County District Court and served March 18, 2018.

Williams was convicted of the BAM Motors theft in May 2018 in Dallas County District Court. He received a deferred judgment in July 2018, was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay “victim restitution of $2,200, court costs of $2,277.25, a civil penalty of $750 and the LEIS of $125, totaling $5,352.25,” according to court records.

The court also ordered Williams to perform 20 hours of unpaid community service.

At a July 2020 probation revocation hearing, it was found that Williams had so far paid nothing toward restitution or court costs, and he “acted as if he had never been told he had community service work to do, let alone contacted an agency to do the work,” according to court records.

Despite “repeated reminders” from his apparently frustrated probation officer that Williams must “complete the court ordered conditions of his probation, he has accomplished absolutely nothing. Mr. Williams consistently makes excuses for his non-compliance. He tends to blame everyone for his lack of accomplishment, and he takes no responsibility for his own behavior.”

When Williams failed to appear for a June 25, 2021, scheduling conference, a warrant for his arrest was ordered and served Aug. 27. He is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 3 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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