Last updated on January 28th, 2019
‘Live life king size’ is often the notion associated with the way life must be lived. The idea, though was conceived wrongly by a Virginian woman, who tricked people to invest in her healthcare investment scam, so she could roam around the world freely.
Keisha Williams, 42, of Ashburn, Virginia was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in federal prison on Friday after she agreed to running a fraud healthcare program. According to the Washington Post, her scheme scammed more than 50 million people. She pleaded guilty for 14 fraud-related charges last year.
Williams was accused of illicitly making $5 million, which she later spent on exorbitant trips to Europe and the Bahamas.
“The way in which you spent this money. . . is appalling,” Judge Leonie M. Brinkema told her before imposing the sentence Friday in federal court in Alexandria.
Boasting about living ‘the life’, Williams traveled to the Bahamas, Italy, and Bora Bora, where she bragged about spotting the actor Tracy Morgan and having the “the biggest villa on the Island.”
She also surprised herself on her birthday by taking a trip to Disney Land, a $75,000 trip to Jamaica, a $200,000 trip to Italy where she made herself comfortable in the hi-hat hotels, besides some other destinations.
Williams began the scam some four years ago and confirmed purchasing Austrian software, which allowed doctors to remotely talk to patients. She at first, convinced a California businessman, Christian D’Andrade to become her partner and raise $4 million, including $1.4 million of his own money. Another $1 million came from other victims.
Prosecutors also reported that when D’Andrade started to run short on money, Williams turned to Carla McPhun, a Maryland real estate investor who met Williams through D’Andrade.
McPhun confessed that she even lied to one investor about the use of funds, thinking that she would soon be able to repay it. Further stating that she only realized upon Williams’ arrest in February last year that she had been cheated.
Ironically, Williams never completely purchased the product and only spent her $300,000 on it.
On the other hand, D’Andrade also lost his two houses, a car and all of his savings as he indefinitely awaited return on his investment. After losing everything, the businessman sent Williams the only money he had left with him, notably to pay the phone and other utility bills.
The case came forward after Williams was investigated following complaints from small businesses, which paid her consulting firm advances for tasks that were never undertaken.