NEW BERN, N.C. A person simply launched from incarceration has been sentenced to greater than 4 years in jail for launching a bank fraud scheme to purchase vehicles from North Carolina dealerships, federal prosecutors mentioned Friday. The U.S. Division of Justice mentioned in a information launch that Jamal Watson, 42, had simply completed serving 10 years in jail for distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon. Prosecutors mentioned Watson, his spouse and a 3rd particular person utilized for loans to buy 20 automobiles over one yr. At first, Watson used his personal Social Safety quantity, however offered false employment info. After the primary two automobiles had been repossessed for lack of fee, prosecutors mentioned Watson and his spouse offered faux Social Safety numbers and fictitious employment info. To maintain banks from discovering the fraudulently obtained automobiles, Watson additionally offered a faux North Carolina driver’s license bearing a false Durham handle, in accordance with prosecutors. Along with his sentence, the court docket ordered Watson to pay restitution to the victims and forfeit the almost $30,000 loan he obtained to buy a Maserati from a Charlotte dealership.