Woman can give birth before reporting to prison

Published On: Nov 20 2012 08:42:32 AM EST
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -

A federal judge and prosecutors have agreed to delay a pregnant woman's prison sentence until her baby is born.

Shatraya Anatricia Watson is due to give birth Jan. 20. The Florida Times-Union reported that U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton and prosecutors agreed Monday to let Watson report to jail on March 1 to serve an 18-month prison sentence for her part in a scheme that generated millions in false income tax returns.

Watson allegedly allowed her residence to be used by another person as a mail drop to receive IRS refund checks via the U.S. mail, and for her bank account to be used to receive tax refunds sent there by wire transfer.  She and six others used stolen identities to file 880 bogus returns.

According to court documents, Watson is required to make restitution for the $425,000 she helped steal.

About 25 people showed up in court to support Watson, including her fiance and a pastor.

Tax scheme ringleader Bryan Copeland was sentenced to 22 years in prison.