Britt Williams, who starred in “Basketball Wives LA,” pleaded guilty to 15 felonies this week in St. Louis.
Williams admitted to five counts of misuse of a Social Security number, four counts of bank fraud, three counts of making false statements to the IRS and three counts of wire fraud, according to a statement released by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District. Missouri.
Williams first joined the cast of the VH1 show in its third season in 2014, when she became engaged to Lorenzo Gordon, who played basketball professionally overseas, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. In the show’s most recent season, Williams’ arrest and subsequent ban became a plot point when Williams was unable to go on a group trip to Mexico because of her ankle monitor.
The Justice Department reports that some of the offenses Williams committed include underreporting his income on his tax return for 2017-2019; falsely claiming his niece and nephew as dependents, amounting to $29,366 in delinquent taxes; using Social Security numbers to open bank accounts and credit lines that did not belong to him in the amount of $28,537 in failed payments; and using Social Security numbers to “deposit thousands of dollars in checks taken from other people’s accounts without their knowledge and withdraw funds,” amounting to $23,850 in damages.
US Attorney Seller A. Fleming said the 33-year-old mother has admitted to “an unusually large number of frauds that victimize taxpayers, banks, credit card companies, individuals and programs aimed at helping struggling businesses and employees during COVID-19.” Had to help.” Epidemic.”
Additionally, Williams admitted to three counts of pandemic fraud and one count of insurance fraud. She submitted nine applications that contained false income and payroll information for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, four applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and one for the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.
Williams received $144,000 in loans from two disaster applications “to finance his personal lifestyle,” his plea agreement states. She received $52,647 in PPP loans and $27,801 in rental assistance, despite not having her work hours reduced during the pandemic.
The statement said he falsified medical bills to an insurance company for a total of $139,479.92 “paid to him, co-conspirators or both”. Since Williams’ indictment in September 2021, she has not filed taxes and exempted herself from paying taxes on her $90,000 salary.
Ultimately, the DOJ tabulated approximately $446,000 in damages.
Williams is to be sentenced on August 23.
Williams, who was also a radio personality in St. Louis, faces years in prison. The charges of misusing a Social Security number and making a false statement could each lead to up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bank fraud charges can carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both. Wire fraud charges carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.