Man Uses IDs From Dead People To Collect Millions From IRS


irsA Barbados national who stole the identities of hundreds of dead people in a scheme to collect more than $120 million in bogus tax refunds from the U.S. government was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to 9-1/2 years in prison.

Andrew Watts, 35, pleaded guilty in July to one count of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors said Watts, a Barbados national who was in the United States legally, used the stolen identities to file 645 false federal tax returns between 2007 and 2011 and to claim more than $120 million in tax refunds.

Watts received more than $19 million in refund checks from the U.S. Treasury before the Internal Revenue Service discovered the scam.

The vast majority of the money was frozen in various accounts Watts controlled before he could spend it. But according to court documents, Watts used more than $1.6 million in refunds to rent apartments in New York, Beverly Hills and Chicago, buy a Mercedes Benz SUV and jewelry, provide cash to his girlfriend, and jet back and forth from California to New York.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall sentenced Watts to 7-1/2 years in prison for mail fraud and two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.

Gottschall also ordered Watts to pay nearly $1.7 million in restitution.

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  1. I don’t understand why he is being sent to jail. O’Bama, who is also a foreign national, just did the same thing, used the identity/vote of dead people and he is being sent to the White House. Just doesn’t seem fair.

  2. so he stole $120 million goes to jail for 7.5 years and pays $1.2 million restitution. that leaves him with $118,800,000,000. nice deal!

  3. American courts justice: 9 years if you actually steal 19 mil and fraudulently claim 120 mil. 27 years if you inflate the value of your company on a 35 mil loan application while intending and continuing to pay out your loan on the schedule. There is no justice for Jewish people in American courts!