Brittish Williams pleads guilty to 15 counts
Britain’s “Cierrah” Williams pleaded guilty on Wednesday to more than a dozen federal charges, including scams that racked up more than $446,000.
THE LA basketball wives star admitted to committing bank fraud, misusing social security numbers, sending false bills for insurance payments and lying on federal loan applications. Brittish is due to be sentenced on August 23.
In 2021, federal prosecutors said investigators found the reality star had been submitting false information on her tax returns for many years.
They claimed that misrepresentations were made on tax returns from 2016 to 2019, claiming that his business only brought in $15,000 when in fact it was generating hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Additionally, the reality star falsely claimed two dependent children.
With the help of other people’s social security numbers, Brittish opened bank accounts, applied for loans and secured lines of credit for his businesses. She also deposited thousands of dollars in checks drawn on other people’s bank accounts to withdraw and never paid off her creditors, racking up nearly $28,500 in debt.
Additionally, during the pandemic, the mother-of-one submitted applications to receive COVID-19 relief funds with incorrect information about payroll, income and her criminal history. Brittish received a big bag from this alleged scam which brought in around $197,000. She also used fake medical bills, along with other anonymous accomplices, to obtain a payment of $139,480 from an insurance company.
In 2021, the business owner submitted another fake claim while filming a TV show in California. The show paid her $4,000 a month for rent and she was supposed to use the funds to pay her landlord $3,803, but instead kept the money and applied for rent relief in the state claiming a “reduction of working hours”.
Brittish was charged in October 2021 and allegedly committed another crime less than nine months later. Prosecutors claimed she cashed a check for about $27,800 from California rent relief at a bank in St. Louis.
Federal prosecutors asked for bail to be revoked, but she told Judge Henry Autrey she was on the right track, focusing on work as she split her time between California and St. Louis.
The reality star said: ‘I will not commit any more crimes for the rest of my life.
Brittish also took to Instagram to share her thoughts on her legal situation:
“Everything I’ve been through that a normal person would have gone through in private, I’ve been through in public. I hope my story, journey and growth can help someone going through something similar or prevent the next person from doing anything that could possibly put them in the same situation as me.
She continued: “I am not ashamed, I am not phased by comments or opinions. I am proud of the woman and mother that I am TODAY. Everything I have been through, I I had to go through it. I learned patience, humility and above all compassion for all walks of life. I don’t believe in losses. Just lessons to make better decisions in the future! I love you! And thank you for rocking with me.