Brittish Williams speaks out after admitting 15 federal crimes
Former “Basketball Wives LA” star British Williams speaks out after admitting to more than a dozen federal crimes at a court hearing on Wednesday.
Williams pleaded guilty to five counts of misusing a Social Security number. She also pleaded guilty to four counts of bank fraud, three counts of misrepresentation to the IRS, and three counts of wire fraud.
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Brittish Williams “is not ashamed” despite pleading guilty to 15 counts of fraud, she says
Williams shared a statement on Instagram on Wednesday.
“Anything I’ve been through that a normal person would go through in private, I’ve been through in public,” she wrote on Instagram. “I hope that my story, journey and growth can help someone going through something similar or stop the next person from doing something that could potentially put them in the same situation as me.”
The 33-year-old said she was “not ashamed” despite her admission of guilt and was even proud “of the woman and mother I am today.”
“I’m not ashamed, I’m not swayed by comments or opinions. I am proud of the wife and mother I am TODAY. Everything I’ve been through, I’ve had to go through. I have learned patience, humility and most importantly, compassion for every area of life.”
She continued: “I don’t believe in casualties. Only lessons to make better decisions in the future! I love you and thanks for rocking with me.”
Williams faces up to 55 years in prison and a $3.25 million fine for all 15 counts of fraud
According to KMOV, Williams now faces dozens of years in prison and millions in fines.
KMOV reports that she was sentenced to 30 years in prison on one bank fraud charge, 20 years on one bank fraud charge, and up to five years in prison on five charges of failing to use a Social Security number.
Federal authorities allege she used fake Social Security numbers to defraud banks and credit card companies. They also allege that they illegally obtained PPP loans for companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Williams also pleaded guilty to defrauding nearly $140,000 from an insurance company by presenting fake medical bills.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the reality star “almost” snagged $446,000 in stolen funds.
Additionally, the former reality star faces a fine of up to $3.25 million, according to KMOV.
Federal prosecutors seek compensation for victims of Williams’ appearance on “Basketball Wives LA”
U.S. Attorney Sayler A. Fleming said the following in a statement obtained by Yahoo News:
“(Williams’ crimes) have victimized taxpayers, banks, credit card companies, individuals and programs designed to help businesses and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Fleming said.
Fleming added that federal prosecutors will seek compensation for the victims.
Williams appeared in the third season of Basketball Wives LA in 2014. She was then engaged to Lorenzo Gordon, who played professionally abroad, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Williams reportedly vowed to remain crime-free during his court date Wednesday.
“I will commit no more crimes for the rest of my life.”
Brittish Williams’ sentencing is scheduled for August 23.
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