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Legendary Texas wheeler-dealer Billie Sol Estes dies

Published On: May 14 2013 07:52:58 PM CDT
Updated On: May 15 2013 07:30:14 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

A man who many called the "King of the Texas Wheelers and dealers" has died. 

Billie Sol Estes passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Granbury.  Estes grew up in Pecos in West Texas and lived for several years in the Abilene area. 

In her book about her father, Pam Estes Padget said her dad was a millionaire at 21, a multimillionaire before he was 30...and in prison before he was 40. 

Billie Sol Estes spent time in federal prison in the 60s for phony schemes that involved federal crop subsidy programs, financial statements and non-existent fertilizer tanks in West Texas. 

He was convicted again in 1979 of pulling off another scheme and served four more years.

Estes was a close associate of Lyndon Johnson but later accused the vice president and president of numerous crimes.

Funeral services for Estes have been set for 2 pm Saturday at Acton United Methodist Church in Granbury. 

Billie Sol Estes was 88.