Criminal Tries to Photoshop Himself Volunteering

Adobe Photoshop logoFraudster Daryl Simon is known for his laundry list of scams, but this time, he went one step too far when attempting to Photoshop himself into pictures that portray him participating in volunteer work, then submitting them to a federal judge.

Simon's rap sheet consists of buying a $29,500 sports car with a fake cashier's check, possession of a stolen Mercedes-Benz, and several instances of credit card fraud including purchases of electronic devices at Target in 2006. In 2007, he plead guilty of credit card fraud and then skipped out on bail.

In order to try to reduce his sentence, Simon used Photoshop to insert his body into photos that depict him volunteering at hospitals as an assistant for those going through physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises, and also assisting students with their work in school. One picture shows him helping a patient with exercises while others show him with a teen student at school.

When Simon, 38, turned these photos in to Judge Stephen Robinson, prosecutors noticed that he had the same poses in certain pictures, making each look identical to the previous with the exception of different backgrounds and sometimes flipping the image of himself to face a different direction.

"Evidence that his image was inserted and flipped can be seen by examining the single detail on his shirt above his fingers -- that detail appears on the left side of the shirt in the top photograph, and on the right side of the shirt in the bottom photograph," prosecutors wrote.

In addition, the U.S. Attorney's Office noted that Simon even created fake letters from several charitable organizations in his support.

The discovery of Simon's poor Photoshop job landed him 285 months in prison, which is 50 months longer than the maximum under sentencing guidelines for bail jumping and credit card fraud.

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