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. He had been indicted in January on 40 counts.

Authorities allege Williams befriended a Southern Illinois woman and exerted influence over her investments and income distribution. Prosecutors also say he altered her will. He provided the victim with bogus account statements that falsely suggested her money was safe.

Sentencing is set for for Sept. 26.

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