Former “Basketball Wives” star Brittish Williams was sentenced to four years in prison for 15 fraud-related felonies.
In May, the 33-year-old St. Louis native pleaded guilty 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.
After accepting the plea deal, Brittish took to social media writing:
I hope my story, journey and my growth can help someone going through something similar or stops the next person from doing anything that could possibly have them in the same situation as me.
I am not ashamed, I am not phased by comments or opinions. I am proud of the woman and mother I am TODAY.
On Tuesday (October 24), Brittish Williams and her attorney, Beau Brindley, asked Judge Henry Autrey for leniency in sentencing.
She admitted, “I knew better, and I did wrong anyway,” but added that even the thought of being away from her 5-ear-old daughter, Dash, is “heartbreaking.”
Judge Autrey wasn’t moved by Brittish Williams’ words and told her he believed she possessed a “fraudster mentality.”
Judge Autrey told Williams, “You knew what you were doing. You knew it was wrong and you did it anyway.”
The judge also pointed out that the former reality TV star raked in $150,000 a year from various frauds from 2017 to 2020.
“That’s a pretty damn good wage,” he said.
Brittish Williams slipped through the cracks with a four-year sentence considering the pre-trial investigation report recommended she be sentenced to 63 years behind bars.
Brittish will be on supervised release for five years after her release from prison and Judge Autrey ordered her to pay $564,069 in restitution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Klocke argued for a tougher sentence pointing out the fact that Brittish kept committing fraud even after she was indicted.
She also advised other business owners that they didn’t have to pay taxes for the first few years.
As Brittish Williams left the courtroom, one person in her group lunged at a reporter with her fists up.
“Brittish Williams was getting paid to portray her celebrity lifestyle on ‘Basketball Wives’ when in fact she was a typical fraudster,” said Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg of the FBI St. Louis Division.
“After today’s sentencing, her reality is now a life of a felon.”
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