Former SEMO coach accused in car theft ring

HCC's girls basketball coach William "BJ" Smith.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Southeast Missouri State University women’s basketball coach has been accused in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.

KFVS reports ( ) that 48-year-old William J. Smith, of Highland, Kan., is among 21 people charged last week in the auto theft conspiracy.

Smith resigned as women’s basketball coach at SEMO in December 2006 after four seasons. He’s the current women’s basketball coach at Highland Community College.

The U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri said in a release that the defendants stole luxury vehicles in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, and used different schemes to obtain insurance proceeds by staging accidents and filing false theft reports.

Online court documents didn’t list a lawyer for Smith. A message left at a phone listing under Smith’s name wasn’t immediately returned.


Information from: KFVS-TV,



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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