Ron Bordelle Williams, 43, Selma, Alabama, was sentenced to one year in prison for his crimes of mortgage and tax fraud.
Williams had entered into a plea bargain in which prosecutors agreed to dismiss arson and aggravated identity theft charges, which have mandatory consecutive sentences of five and two years in prison if convicted. Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele also fined Williams $3,000 and ordered him to make restitution of $11,084 to the Internal Revenue Service.
According to court documents, Williams admitted that he lied on a loan application to the Federal Housing Administration in April 2005, falsely stating that he had not declared bankruptcy within the previous seven years.
In fact, according to court records, Williams had filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and 2002. Williams also falsely claimed on the FHA form that Nacol Smith was his daughter.
The false tax return charge relates to a Form 1040 on which Williams listed his 2005 income from Miracles of Prayer/World Life Christian Center as $13,327. According to court records, the church paid $51,033 either directly to Williams or to others on his behalf in payment of his personal living expenses.
In December of that same year, Miracles of Prayer Church/Word of Life Christian Center on U.S. 43 in Grove Hill caught fire, damaging the roof and gutting the inside of the building.
Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives said they found “red flags” that led to a probe into the finances of both Williams and the church. IRS investigators subsequently discovered the fraudulent FHA application, according to court records.