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Accountant admits role in scamming elderly client

BENTON — A southeastern Illinois accountant faces up to 40 years in prison after admitting in federal court that he stole more than $2 million from an elderly client for personal use.

Fifty-three-year-old Kevin Williams of Mount Carmel pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges. He had been indicted in January on 40 counts.

Authorities allege Williams befriended a Mount Carmel woman and exerted influence over her investments and income distribution. Prosecutors also say he altered her will and trust documents so he could inherit more upon her death.

Williams provided the victim with bogus account statements that falsely suggested her money was safely invested.

As part of his plea deal, Williams must repay the victim.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 26.

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