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Tax Fraud Scheme Used Washington Inmate Names

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TACOMA, Wash. -  A federal judge has sentenced a man to more than two years in prison for his part in a scheme that claimed tax refunds using the names and Social Security numbers of prison inmates.

The U.S. attorney's office says Richard Wright, 43, of Tacoma and Associates filed 21 fraudulent tax returns for 2007 and 2008 and collected nearly $72,000.

Prosecutors say Kenneth Randle Door, who at the time was an inmate at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, provided information on fellow inmates. Door is scheduled to go on trial later this year.

Prosecutors say the group filed fake W2 forms from companies that recently closed or declared bankruptcy.

Two women involved in the scheme were sentenced earlier this year to seven and eight months in prison.