Tax preparer gets 15 years for stealing 292 identities, $515,000

He fled to Mexico, but returned to do more mischief -- and got nabbed

Tax preparer Neil Thomsen was sentenced today (May 22) to 15 years in prison. He was convicted in a jury trial in late 2011 of using 292 stolen identities to cheat the Internal Revenue Service of $515,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. He stole the identities of former clients, former co-workers, and clients of his former employers, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. In 2009, he fled the U.S. for Mexico, but believing he had a foolproof method to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, he returned to the U.S. to work more magic -- and that's when he was nabbed.


Let me get this straight: He was convicted in "late 2011" and was sentenced today. Why the delay?

Visduh: There were several other people involved in the crime; all have previously pleaded guilty. I would guess that Thomsen was kept around to give evidence on his co-conspirators. Best, Don Bauder

That's a pretty good question, because as I remember from the press release about his conviction, his sentencing hearing was originally set for about 90 days after the trial ended in December of 2011.

tomjohnston: Again, my guess is that he gave evidence on his co-conspirators and that took the time. Best, Don Bauder

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