TAMPA — Nursing assistant Carlos Oscar Johnson wore flashy jewelry, booked the luxury Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas and drove a Cadillac CTS.
The cost of an illegally funded lifestyle? Eight years.
On Wednesday, a judge remanded Johnson, 24, immediately to prison as punishment for defrauding the government by claiming tax refunds using stolen identities.
When he gets out, he'll owe $431,625 in restitution and will be under the watch of a probation officer for three more years.
Johnson worked part-time at the Sabal Palms Health Care Center in Largo from 2008 to early 2011 and lived in the Lansbrook Village area of northeast Pinellas County.
Before tax refund fraud, he had a nearly unblemished record.