Jamaican Jailed In US For US$3.6 Million Tax Refund Fraud
A well-known Jamaican-born community activist in South Florida has been jailed and ordered to pay US$3.68 million in restitution for using her tax preparation business to facilitate an income tax refund fraud.
Pamella Watson, a Certified Public Account, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The 61-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, admitting that she falsified hundreds of tax returns and refund amounts on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms without her clients’ knowledge.
According to court documents, she operated Watson & Associates Business Services, Inc., a tax preparation business in Miami and her victims were members of the Jamaican community whom she claimed she was helping.