Tax-cheat inmate gets 33 months in prison

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 5 at 10:32 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A 59-year-old Linn County man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for scamming or stealing Social Security numbers from fellow inmates to use in fake tax returns.

Prosecutors say Randolf Del Calhoun Nelson of Brownsville claimed more than $100,000 in refunds and actually got about $38,500.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports he was accused of identity theft and other charges and made a plea deal. He was sentenced Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Potter said Nelson has convictions dating to the 1970s that includes theft, car and identity theft, burglary and forgery.

She says that between 2010 and 2012, he filed more than 100 returns using the information he got from other inmates, either by stealing it or by falsely promising to share the proceeds.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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