New Kensington attorney fails to appear in court for sentencing

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Attorney Lisa Gerideau-Williams, who was to be sentenced today on wire fraud and tax charges, failed to show up and is now the subject of an arrest warrant, according to court filings.

Ms. Gerideau-Williams, 47, who was living in New Kensington at the time of her 2010 indictment, pleaded guilty in January to 13 counts of wire fraud and three tax counts. U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office had said that she was a real estate closing attorney and a mortgage broker, who from 2005 through 2008 submitted fraudulent mortgage applications that misrepresented borrowers' income, employment and assets.

When the defendant did not appear for her 10 a.m. sentencing, U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon granted assistant U.S. attorney Brendan Conway's motion for an arrest warrant.

Ms. Gerideau-Williams' husband, Robert L. Williams, 51, who had been a bankruptcy attorney, was sentenced in November to three years of probation for failing to file income tax returns.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord First Published October 16, 2013 8:55 AM


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