Oh how swiftly does justice appears to move within the USA with severe punishments rendered on the Jamaican born residents. Sometime ago, I raised this question, ‘born fi tief, or greed caas u fi tief’? The answer may not be as simple as initially thought. In any event I still maintain if you operate on the wrong side of the law, eventually the law will catch up with you and pay you will irrespective of your age once you live in ‘fareign’. Regardless of your citizenship or status, you are still classified as a ‘foreigner’ in the minds of those born there.
On the Roc, it does not appear as if justice is ever rendered for any kind of crime, much less swift. So Ms Watson may have thought that even though she was physically ‘tiefing’, her punishment would be of the ‘mindset’ on the Roc. No such luck for her and I do believe she got off easy with 6.5 years. If you cannot do the time, once you start to clock the 40’s, then one should quit their illicit activities and choose to walk the straight line. At 61 years of age, being whisked off to ‘prison’ for a 6.5 years sentence will undoubtedly way heavily on her. I base my opinion on the mug shot of her below. I daresay there may be many more baby boomers that will face the Courts on the ‘white collar’ crimes both locally and internationally. Again the difference between local and international is ‘swift’ and ‘justice’.
J’can imprisoned in US$3.6M tax refund fraud
(Jamaica Observer) Friday, December 04, 2015 | 8:00 AM 50 Comments
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC) – A popular Jamaican community activist and accountant in South Florida has been jailed in a US$3.6 million tax refund scheme.
Pamella Watson, 61, had hoped that her charitable work and “extraordinary” efforts to pay restitution for her crimes would persuade the judge to give her a light sentence, but US District Judge James Cohn rejected that argument, sentencing her Thursday to 6.5 years in US federal prison.
Judge Cohn also ordered Watson to pay more than US$3.68 million in restitution.
Quite honestly, I don’t believe it’s deserved in this case; so I’m going to decline the invitation,” Cohn said.
Watson, of Davie, Florida, had pulled together more than US$1.2 million in restitution to turn over to the Internal Revenue Service in the seven months she was jailed for fraud, which targeted members of the Jamaican community she claimed she was helping.
Her lawyers suggested a prison term of 3.5 years, and the prosecution recommended that she serve a little more than five years in prison, saying she deserved credit for repaying so much of her debt so quickly, the paper said.
Watson admitted she falsified hundreds of tax returns and refund amounts on IRS forms without her clients’ knowledge.
The court was told that she diverted money to her own accounts and to her spouse, who told the judge he never suspected her criminality until she was arrested in May.
Cohn said that three victims’ letters read aloud in court were among the most powerful he’d ever heard, saying that Watson abused the trust of people who relied on her and used her professional CPA license to steal from her clients and the government.
Watson, a prominent activist who was known for hosting lavish fundraisers and contributing time and money to less fortunate people in South Florida, her native Jamaica and elsewhere, pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in September.
Cohn said he had privately watched a 13-minute sentencing video submitted by the defense that featured family and friends praising Watson’s many charitable endeavors.
A US citizen who migrated from Jamaica in the 1970s, Watson ran her own CPA business in Miami for many years and volunteered for many South Florida charities and organizations.
Watson’s lawyers Bruce Rogow and Tara Campion said their client hopes to turn over another US$350,000 to the IRS when her Davie home is sold.
She has also turned over money that was being held in Jamaica and transferred properties that were purchased before the fraud began to try to repay the government.