“Basketball Wives” Reality TV Star Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Multiple Schemes
According to Joe Millitzer of Yahoo News, 33-year-old former “Basketball Wives” reality TV star, Brittish Cierrah Williams, has officially been sentenced to 4 years in prison, a 5-year supervised release, and pay $564,069 in restitution for her role in several tax fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, and pandemic-related schemes beginning in 2017.
Here are the details of the case, highlighted by Yahoo News:
“Williams, 33, pleaded guilty to 15 felonies, which included misusing Social Security numbers, making false statements to the IRS, and wire fraud. Her deceptive actions continued even after federal agents first got in touch with her and indicted her, as the sentencing hearing made clear.”
“Williams’ fraudulent activities covered a wide range, from underreporting income on tax returns for 2017-2019 to falsely claiming dependents to avoid paying taxes. She also used Social Security numbers that did not belong to her to open accounts with credit card companies and banks, causing financial losses to victim companies.”
“Furthermore, Williams opened bank accounts using these unauthorized Social Security numbers and committed bank fraud by depositing checks taken from other people’s accounts without their knowledge, resulting in substantial losses, according to authorities.”
“She admitted to submitting nine applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, intended to help struggling businesses during the pandemic. These applications contained false information about her business income and payroll, as well as her criminal history. Authorities found Williams had used the funds she received from two of these applications, totaling $144,400, to support her personal lifestyle.”
“Additionally, Williams received $52,647 from four Paycheck Protection Program loans and made false claims for financial relief programs, like the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program. These fraudulent actions led to substantial payouts based on bogus information.”
“Williams even submitted fake medical bills to at least one insurance company, which resulted in a payout of $139,479.92, benefiting her and her co-conspirators, investigators said.”
Williams was initially indicted in October 2021.