That might not sound so remarkable, except that the whole thing was run from the Key West county jail. A continuing ring of small-time criminals apparently taught each other how to file IRS forms for made-up businesses. The 50 or so inmates who were in on the scam were especially brazen: They asked that most of the checks be sent directly to the jail.
Police eventually did catch on to the scam, after one of the inmates left behind a note in his cell detailing exactly how they were ripping off the feds. "I'm through with street crime," another criminal was recorded as saying. "I'm strictly white-collar from now on. I love the IRS."
Let's hope that the IRS has now decided to take a second look at any tax returns sent to them from a prison.