Man in Prison Charged of Scamming IRS

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Michael Joseph, 51 an prisoner in Apalachee Correctional Institute in Jackson County allegedly scammed more than $100,000 from the IRS, all the while behind bars. He fled false tax returns from his prison cell and managed to obtain thousands of dollars for himself and dozens of fellow prisoners, earning himself the nickname ‘H & R Block’.

Joseph, whose record of crimes include grand theft, sexual battery, kidnapping, possession of cocaine and burglary was released after serving his latest sentence. But he was re-arrested after a US Postal Service inspector got suspicious seeing the amount of mail going out from the Apalachee Institution to the IRS. The Post Offce successfully worked with the FDLE to end the scam.

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