Brittish Williams, a former cast member of the reality TV show “Basketball Wives LA,” received a four-year prison sentence on Tuesday for 15 felonies related to fraud, including schemes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The 33-year-old, hailing from St. Louis, had previously pleaded guilty in May to five federal counts of misusing a Social Security number, four counts of bank fraud, three counts of making false statements to the IRS, and three counts of wire fraud. The offenses spanned approximately a decade and persisted even after Williams was indicted, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Klocke.
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey also mandated Williams to pay $565,000 in restitution, emphasizing that she was fully aware of the wrongful nature of her actions. Federal authorities reported that Williams unlawfully acquired pandemic-related business loans, utilized counterfeit Social Security numbers to deceive financial institutions, submitted fictitious medical bills to an insurance company, and provided false information on her tax returns.
In 2014, Williams appeared on “Basketball Wives” during its third season, while she was engaged to Lorenzo Gordon, a professional basketball player competing overseas. Jay Greenberg, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s St. Louis office, characterized Williams as a celebrity lifestyle pretender who concealed a fraudulent persona.
During her May guilty plea, Williams had vowed to put her criminal activities behind her, stating, “I will not be committing any more crimes for the rest of my life,” as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She’s considered a bb wife.