Fat Florida Fraudster Pleads For Lighter Sentence Due To Smaller Lifespan

There is no Supersize option in the clink. 

Stephen Donaldson Snr, 72, was charged for the part he played in an offshore tax shelter scheme which set the IRS back $10 million.

The fraudster asserted that as he is fat, he will die faster than the average person, which is completely true, meaning he should be dealt a shorter sentence.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Donaldson Snr’s attorney, Curtis Fallgatter, filed a motion on Monday claiming it would be unfair for the 273 pound, 5 foot 9 man to serve six years and four months due to his poor health.

The attorney claimed the ‘hefty’ sentence could equal to 61 percent of the bulky bilk’s remaining years alive.

Donaldson’s aged accomplice, Duane Crithfield, 70, received the same sentence as the corpulent criminal but did not file a similar motion.

They are both appealing and are still free at this time.

The two men created a fraudulent offshore tax plan, marketing it to doctors and others. Their clients would pay a Business Protection Plan premium while claiming it as a business expense, enabling them to later receive around 86% of the money, allowing them to avoid paying a higher rate of tax.

This is not the first time an obese criminal has used his weight to bargain for a shorter sentence.

In July 2014, Florida pharmacist, Steven Goodman, 70, who was sentenced to 30 months house arrest in August 2012 for his part in a pill mill operation that distributed more than a million prescription pain medications, requested his sentence be cut short because of his inflated features.

Goodman’s lawyer, Edward Page, claimed the plumpish pensioner’s house arrest was “both unnecessary and futile” as at 551lbs, he was already confined to his bedroom.

In the request for a reduced sentence, Page pointed out that Goodman had many health issues including heart disease, an incurable lymph condition, and sleep apnea.

Page also pointed out that Goodman couldn’t fit in a car and suffered from an acute fear of falling.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra rejected the plea, writing in his opinion, the pudgy pharmacist only avoided prison because he would have been too difficult to care for.

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