The new season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is underway, and on this season Sheree Whitfield is BACK. And Media Take Out did some digging, and found quite a bit of tea to about her love life with man who just got out of prison for stealing $5 million.
Tyrone Gilliams got out of a Kentucky prison in February of 2021. He was released early because of COVID-19 concerns in the prison.
On the premiere episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Sheree told the ladies that she and Tyrone had some quick intimacy right after he got out of prison, but are now practicing abstinence.
There was some practicality to the abstinence. Tyrone was living in a halfway house in Philadelphia while Sherree was in Atlanta shooting RHOA. At the time, Tyrone wasn’t allowed to visit Sheree in Atlanta as part of his early parole.
So what was he in prison for – SCAMMING.
Tyrone Gilliams was convicted of fraud, which included a more than $5 million ponzi scheme. According to reports, seen by Mediaa Take Out, Tyrone took investors’ money after promising them a percentage annual return. But he only invested a small portion of their money and spent the rest on cars, homes, and putting together high-profile celebrity charity events with his name on them.
One of those events was the “Joy to the World Fest” in Philadelphia in 2010, which was attended by such high-profile celebrities as Sean “Diddy” Combs (who was paid a $120,000 appearance fee), NFL receiver DeSean Jackson, State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, Congressman Chaka Fattah, and…The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Sherée Whitfield!
Here’s the FBI press release, from when Tyrson was arrested:
In 2009 and 2010, Gilliams was the owner of TL Gilliams LLC, which purported to engage in transactions in commodities like oil and gold. Scott was an attorney at a small law firm in New Jersey and acted as TL Gilliams’s general counsel.
In the summer of 2010, Gilliams solicited $5 million dollars from two investors for purposes of trading in U.S. Treasury Strips, which are a derivative of U.S. Treasury Bonds. Gilliams and Scott arranged for the investors to make their investments by wiring them into an attorney trust account maintained by Scott’s law firm. Upon receiving the money, Scott—at Gilliams’ direction—misappropriated more than $700,000 to satisfy expenses stemming from an unrelated and failed venture to buy a coal mine in Utah. Scott also claimed $50,000 of the investment money for himself as purported fees. At Gilliams’ direction, Scott transferred most of the remainder to bank and brokerage accounts that he controlled.
At most, Gilliams purchased $250,000 worth of Treasury Strips with the more than $4 million in investment money transferred by Scott. Over a span of less than six months, Gilliams spent more than $1.6 million on an unrelated gold investment; more than $200,000 to purchase a commercial warehouse in Denver; at least $100,000 to buy or lease luxury cars; at least $50,000 for construction work on his home; at least $100,000 on luxury hotel and travel expenses; and more than $500,000 promoting both a festival called “Joy to the World” involving an album release party with Jamie Foxx at the Vault nightclub in Philadelphia, and culminating in a red carpet, black tie gala at the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton, headlined for a $120,000 fee by Sean “Diddy” Combs; and a December 2010 comedy performance in Nassau, Bahamas, called the “Gatta Be Jokin’ Comedy Jam.”