Cobb man sentenced in ID theft case
by MDJ staff
March 12, 2014 12:00 AM | 2307 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradford Thomas of Acworth 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: From January 2010 through May 2013, Thomas 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 claimed more than $5.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds which were directed to be deposited into bank accounts controlled by Thomas or individuals working with him. The scheme caused an actual loss of $1.6 million in taxpayer money.

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, Suite E, Kennesaw, and Bradford Thomas’s primary residence in Acworth. At those locations, Officials say 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.

Thomas, 47, of Cobb County 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 Nov. 22, 2013, to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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