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.