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Self-published author accused of stealing from car dealership

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A novelist claiming to be a car dealer took a used sports car from a Decatur dealership and sold it to a relative without ever paying the dealership, Decatur police said Wednesday.

Willie Speight, 35, faces charges of first-degree theft and theft by deception. A Morgan County Grand Jury indicted Speight earlier this month after hearing evidence from detectives concerning the Oct. 30 business transaction between Speight and Cloverleaf Dodge.

Speight sold the 2000 Jaguar to a relative in South Alabama, said Detective George Silvestri.

Silvestri said Speight formerly worked as an auto dealer but no longer has a business license.

According to a biography published on the Web site for Speight's book, "Forbidden Luv," Speight has been chief executive officer of his own auto dealership in Huntsville for the past seven years.

According to a listing on Amazon.com, Speight's 72-page book was published by the self-publishing company AuthorHouse.

Speight turned himself in to authorities Wednesday and was taken to Morgan County Jail. He was released on $10,000 bond.

According to forbiddenluv.net, Speight's book, the fictional tale of a racist white doctor who has an affair with a woman he doesn't realize is black, is currently being filmed as a movie in Albany, Ga.

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