William Trickett Smith

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William Trickett Smith
BornWilliam Trickett Smith, Sr.
c. 1938 (age 79–80)
NationalityUnited States
Criminal statusIncarcerated
ChildrenWilliam Trickett Smith II (born c. 1981)[1]
Conviction(s)bid rigging (1985)
theft by unlawful taking and deception (2010)

William Trickett Smith, Sr. (also William Trickett Smith) (born c. 1938) is the former chairman of the Dauphin County Republican Committee,[2] who was disbarred and imprisoned in 1985 for bid rigging and convicted of theft by unlawful taking and deception in 2010.[3][4]

He is the father of William Trickett Smith II, convicted in 2011 of murdering his wife and dismembering her while in Peru.

In 2012, Trickett Sr. was convicted of arson and insurance fraud while facing disbarment and investigation for taking funds from his clients estates.[5] In 2014 he was again sentenced for conspiring to help his son escape by filing a false criminal complaint to have him temporarily extradited from Peru back to Pennsylvania.[6]

Smith's testimony in the Pennsylvania CTA scandal federal trial was largely used to obtain the conviction of Pennsylvania Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer in the case. Smith later admitted in an interview shown in Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer that he had lied under oath in his own trial when he denied offering Dwyer a bribe. In the documentary, he maintained, as he did at Dwyer's trial, that he offered Dwyer a bribe and that Dwyer accepted this offer.[7]


  1. ^ Miller, Matt (2010-11-23). "State prison term ordered for William Trickett Smith in fraud case". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  2. ^ "Pa. man held after death of wife in Peru". USA Today. Associated Press. 2007-09-09. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  3. ^ Miller, Matt (2010-08-31). "William Trickett Smith pleads guilty in investment con case". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  4. ^ Corbett, Tom (2009-08-27). "Attorney General Corbett announces charges against former Harrisburg attorney and Allentown businessman in theft & investment fraud case". Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  5. ^ Campisi, Jon (9 November 2012). "Pa. lawyer once tied to 'Budd' Dwyer sentenced to state prison for arson". Penn Record. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. ^ Miller, Matt. "Ex-Dauphin County GOP Chairman William Trickett Smith pleads guilty in prison break plot case". Penn Live. PA Media Group. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  7. ^ EightyFourFilms (2013-05-27), Honest Man: The Life of R.Budd Dwyer (Directors Cut), retrieved 2016-03-03