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Prisoner charged with stealing $133,000 from IRS

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Knox County career criminal serving time at West Tennessee State Penitentiary is accused of concocting a scheme to file false tax returns in the names of fellow inmates.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1qIXteb) 47-year-old James Glenn Collins Jr. will be arraigned next week in U.S. District Court. He is accused of conspiring to defraud the government of more than $113,000 over four years.

According to court records, Collins somehow obtained a roster that contained the personal information of fellow inmates. With the help of people of the outside, he filed false tax returns in their names. The refunds were sent to helpers, who transferred a portion to Collins.

So far, at least three helpers have been identified in court records and are agreeing to testify against Collins.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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