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‘Basketball Wives’ star British Williams in custody of U.S. Marshals after not showing up to prison

ST. Louis (KTVI) – U.S. Marshals took a former St. Louis-area reality TV contestant into custody Tuesday after he failed to turn himself in to a federal prison to begin his sentence.

British “Sierra” Williams, 34 years old; Pleaded guilty in May 2023 5 counts of social security number abuse, 4 counts of bank fraud, 3 counts of making false statements to the IRS, and 3 counts of wire fraud. She was indicted in September 2021.

The former “Basketball Wives LA” and “Marriage Boot Camp” star Sentenced to 4 years in prison in October 2023must pay $564,069 in restitution, as well as five years of supervised release.

Last fall, Williams’ lawyers successfully lobbied a court to extend the deadline for him to turn himself in so he could spend the Christmas holidays with his 5-year-old daughter. The court changed the surrender date to January 3, 2024.

However, Williams failure to report to Alderson Federal Prison in West Virginia on the date specified. She was eventually arrested in St. Louis.

Attorney Michael Thompson, who represents Williams, told a judge Tuesday that her failure to report to jail was due to a “miscommunication” with her attorney. Mr. Williams also apologized to the judge.

As a result, the judge revoked Williams’ bond and ordered her remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals. She will be transferred to a minimum security facility for women in Alderson.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said Williams underreported her income on her tax returns from 2017 to 2019 and falsely claimed her niece and nephew as dependents. Ms. Williams also opened accounts with banks and credit card companies using Social Security numbers that did not belong to her, and then failed to make repayments to those institutions.

During the plea hearing, Williams filed nine applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, designed to help struggling businesses, and paychecks, which were created to protect jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. He told the court he had filed four applications for protection programs and one. Application for rent relief in California. She used her $144,000 loan from two of these applications to fund her living, and she also received her PPP loan of more than $52,000.

In January 2022, Williams applied for funds from California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. Although she is a state resident and her gross income is $50,000, she claimed that she is unable to pay her rent because her work hours have been reduced due to the pandemic. She stopped paying her rent in July 2021 and received about $28,000 in funding from the state program.

However, the plea agreement states that the network that produces “Basketball Wives LA” paid Williams $3,800 in rent. Her working hours and salary were unaffected by the pandemic.

Prosecutors said Williams and her co-conspirators received nearly $140,000 from at least one insurance company after submitting false medical bills.

Williams has also filed annual tax returns since his indictment in October 2021. She lists herself as “exempt” on her current employer’s paperwork, meaning no taxes are withheld from her $90,000 annual salary.

Prosecutors say Williams’ total known losses from the fraud scheme totaled $446,082, both actual and intended.

Last month, Williams’ ex-girlfriend, Lorenzo Gordon, 40, was indicted.Former professional basketball player accused Falsifying a Pandemic Relief Loan Application.

Gordon, a St. Louis native, played basketball at Illinois State University. He played professionally in France, Germany, Turkey and Israel.

Williams first appeared on the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives” in 2014 while dating Gordon. The two have since separated, but have one child together.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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