ACWORTH, Ga. -- A Cobb County man will spend 10 years and one month in federal prison for stealing victims' identities and using them to collect millions of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds.
Bradford Thomas, 47, pleaded guilty last November to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He must also spend three years on supervised release after getting out of prison and pay more than $1.6 million in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Thomas submitted more than 1,200 phony tax returns to the IRS between January 2010 and May 2013. He used the names and Social Security numbers of several victims, most of whom were inmates.
Yates said the scheme netted Thomas about $5.5 million, more than $1.6 million of which was taxpayer money.
Federal agents searched Thomas's Acworth home and a Kennesaw business called Immaculate Autos, where they seized evidence such as jewelry, two handguns, nearly $440,000 in cash and several luxury cars, including a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo, a 2005 Rolls Royce Phantom, a 2005 Bentley 2D and two Mercedes Benzes.