A new survey says thousands of fake tax returns are coming out of Georgia prisons. It’s the second highest fraud cluster in the nation.
U.S Treasury data shows the IRS shelled out $3.5 million to Georgia inmates who had filed fraudulent 2009 federal returns.
USA Today published the findings. They show nearly 7,000 inmates at prisons across the state committed tax fraud.
Only Florida ranked higher in the amount of fraudulent federal refunds sent to prisoners.
The IRS says despite the findings, it actually caught the “vast majority” of fake returns. It’s unclear whether the inmates also de-frauded state tax officials.
A State audit last year showed in the general population, Georgians filed 52-thousand fraudulent returns worth 41 million dollars.