Acworth Man Sentenced in Identity Theft Scheme

An Acworth man has been sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison for using stolen identities of prisoners
to file false federal income tax returns that claimed millions of dollars in fraudulent refunds.

According
to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the charges, and other information
presented in court: Bradford Thomas, 47, orchestrated a scheme to file more than 1,200 false tax
returns using the names and Social Security numbers of various victims,
many of whom were incarcerated in jails or prisons throughout the
country.

These false tax returns from January 2010 through
May 2013 claimed more than $5.5
million in fraudulent tax refunds that were directed to be deposited
into bank accounts controlled by Thomas or individuals working with
him. 

The scheme caused an actual loss of over $1.6 million in taxpayer
money

In
conjunction with the arrest of Thomas in August 2013, federal agents
searched two locations from which the tax returns
were electronically submitted to the IRS, including a business named
“Immaculate Autos” at 2691 McCollum Parkway in Kennesaw, and Thomas’s primary residence in Acworth. 

At those
locations, investigators uncovered $438,080 in cash,
two handguns, jewelry, and various luxury automobiles, including a 2005
Rolls Royce Phantom, a 2008 Maserati Granturismo, a 2005 Bentley 2D, a
2006 Mercedes Benz, a 2003 Hummer H2, a 2007 Mercedes Benz S550, a 2004
Land Rover Range Rover, and a 2002 GMC Denali
XL.
 

“This
defendant used the stolen identities of prisoners to steal millions of
taxpayer dollars and enrich his own lifestyle,”
said Yates in a news release.   “This case
exemplifies our continuing efforts to combat identity-theft schemes
designed to steal tax dollars, which have grown to disturbing levels.”

Thomas was sentenced by United States District Judge
Steve C. Jones to 10 years and one month in
federal prison and three years of supervised release, and ordered to
pay $1,663,035 in restitution to the IRS. 

The court also ordered Thomas
to forfeit his interest in the cash, weapons, jewelry, and luxury
automobiles found at his business and residence. Thomas pleaded guilty on November 22, 2013, to wire fraud and
aggravated identity theft.

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