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Belizean Siblings Convicted in Nevada for Multiple Felonies

Several siblings of a Belizean family that migrated to the United States are facing prison time after a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada found the one brother, his wife and two sisters guilty of multiple felonies.  35-year-old, Frederick Williams and his sister 27-year-old, Jacqueline Gentle were convicted in a US District courtroom on Friday, January 15 of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, theft of government money, making a false statement in application for a passport and making false citizenship claims with Gentle also convicted of misusing a U.S. passport and misusing a Social Security number.  Reports from the Las Vegas Review and other news agencies say that the amount stolen in these crimes totaled three hundred thousand US dollars.  The other sibling, 40-year-old, Carolyn Willis and William’s wife, Denise Williams were also convicted for one count of mail fraud due to their lesser role in the scheme to unlawfully take unemployment money.  According to the publication, court records and evidence submitted at trial say that from about August 2010 to June 2012, defendants Frederick Williams and Jacqueline Gentle, citizens of Belize, conspired to register two fictitious companies, Luna Consulting and Centro America Export, with the State of Nevada, Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR). After the companies were registered with DETR, the defendants conspired to submit fraudulent wage information for 16 fictitious employees, including themselves. After submitting the fraudulent wage information, the defendants submitted fraudulent unemployment compensation claims to DETR, and obtained unemployment compensation payments totaling approximately $218,000.  The unemployment compensation payments were transferred to the defendants by means of Nevada debit cards mailed to the fictitious employees, which the defendants and co-defendants used to withdraw cash from ATM’s.  The case was investigated by more than a half dozen federal agencies and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Damm.  The four will be sentenced on April 18 with Frederick Williams facing up to two hundred and ninety years in prison plus two to four years consecutive for the two aggravated identity theft counts, and not more than $4.75 million in fines.  Gentle can receive up to 83 years in prison plus two years consecutive for the aggravated identity theft count and not more than two million dollars in fines. Meanwhile Denise Williams and Willis face up to 20 years in prison and not more than $250,000 in fines.