Kevin WilliamsMount Carmel businessman Kevin C. Williams faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Williams, 53, admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court at Benton, Ill. that more than ten years ago he developed a personal relationship with an elderly Mt. Carmel resident which enabled him to exert influence over the investment and distribution of her income while she was alive, and altered her will and trust documents so that he would stand to inherit more of her money after her death.  In all, Williams caused the Spond Family Life Insurance and the Spond Charitable Remainder Unitrust to lose $2.07 million. According to the terms of the plea agreement Williams has agreed to pay the 96-year-old victim $2,087,630.03 in restitution.

40-year-old Michael P. Jackson of Carmi has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling the prescription drug Adderall over the Internet. Jackson was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida.

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Nathan Watson of Fairfield received the Literacy Spotlight of Achievement Award presented by Secretary of State Jesse White.  Pictured left to right:  Nathan Watson, his mother Diana White, Frontier Community College Literacy Development Coordinator Linda Sargent, and Secretary of State Jesse White.

31-year-old Lila Reynolds of Carmi was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a class-2 felony charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person.  The judge also ordered Reynolds to pay the victim, Roger Stocke, $15,737 restitution.

Nathan Watson of Fairfield is the recipient of a 2013 Spotlight on Achievement Award by Secretary of State Jesse White.  Nathan is one of ten students in Illinois to receive the honor. He is a participant in the Frontier Community College Literacy Program.

The Fairfield City Band will perform its first concert of the year this evening on the courthouse lawn in downtown Fairfield.  The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will be under the direction of Rachel Dinwiddie.

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