The Internal Revenue Service continues to find prison inmates breaking the law behind bars, with a recent investigation unearthing tax fraud in East Bay that yielded three plea deals.
According to the Contra Costa Times, Samuel Warren received an additional 21 months in prison and three years probation.
Warren pleaded guilty to falsifying tax returns and receiving the refunds from using forged information, some of which included the names of fellow prisoners.
The news source reports the scheme earned $6.2 million with four others others pleading guilty including Niyah Edwards of Sacramento, who will receive a 51-month prison sentence, and Ayani Davis of Antioch, who will receive a 63-month sentence. The other two have yet to be sentenced.
This case came on the heels of one similar featuring an inmate falsifying income taxes. Michael Chaney, an inmate in Greenville, Illinois, was charged with filing falsified tax returns with the help of his mother. He netted a reported $152,000 in returns from nine different states, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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