BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Donald Watkins Sr., who was charged and found guilty for seven counts of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy (see related article) has been sentenced to 60 months (five years) in prison. His son, Donald Watkins Jr. received a prison sentence of 27 months.
The father and son were convicted of defrauding people, including former NBA star and TV sports personality Charles Barkley, in a multi-million dollar federal fraud scheme.
According to the judge presiding over the case, age was a factor in determining the length of Watkins Sr.’s sentence.
“I thought it was a good and fair proceeding in front of a judge I have experience with, so I don’t have any problems with the sentence she found, I just a problem with the conviction, and we’ll pursue that on appeal. ”Donald Watkins Sr.
Watkins Sr. has been ordered to pay restitution jointly with Watkins Jr. with interest waived to the victims which equate to $13,800,000. Watkins Sr. is expected to make minimal payments of $50 a quarter while incarcerated and must be paid in full by end of supervision.
His sone, Donald Watkins Jr. helped his father in conning people out of their money. Watkins Jr. was sentenced to 27 months in prison for two counts of wire fraud and conspiracy. His sentence will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
“I never said I wasn’t aware of what was going on. I defined my role with the company and my role was guided by my father.”Donald Watkins Jr.
Watkins Junior will be expected to pay $13,850,000 in restitution. He will begin his sentence on September 17.