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April 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

4 arrested in tax scheme targeting prison inmates

The Associated Press:

SEATTLE – Four people have been arrested on charges they claimed false tax returns in the names of Washington state prison inmates.

Federal prosecutors say Kenneth Randle Door was the leader of the conspiracy. Door was himself an inmate at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla and investigators say he teamed up with three people on the outside to file false tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of other prisoners.

The defendants are accused of fabricating W-2 forms for recently bankrupt companies claiming that the prisoners had worked there. Prosecutors say the four filed at least 31 false tax returns, and they obtained $72,000 in fraudulent refunds.

Door is separately facing an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The other defendants are Lucy Anne Hyder, Ruth Louise Branstetter and Richard Shane Wright.

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