Federal Government Dishes Out $119,000 in Fraudulent Tax Returns to Arizona Rapist Serving Life Sentence. Oops.

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Troy Fears
While the inefficiency of the Internal Revenue Service is enough to make most Americans want to bang their heads against a wall (or fly an airplane into one of its offices), it's paid off nicely for an Arizona man currently serving a life sentence at a Maine prison.

Troy Fears, 54, a convicted rapist from Arizona, ended up incarcerated in Maine as part of an inmate swap after serving time at a prison in Oregon. While in the Oregon prison, Fears managed to swindle about $119,000 from the federal government, including federal stimulus funds -- and the IRS never caught it. Rather, a guard intercepted some of his mail and handed it over to federal authorities.

Between 2005 and 2009, federal prosecutors say, Fears submitted fake W-2s claiming he had worked and had taxes withheld. He had the money electronically deposited into bank accounts he controlled from the joint -- and the IRS apparently never questioned it.

Fears has been in one prison or another since 1976, when he was 19, serving a 60 years to life sentence for two separate cases of rape with a deadly weapon. His sentence was elevated to life without parole after he was convicted of assault while in prison -- and now, thanks to his tax scheme, he can tack nearly five years onto his sentence, which probably isn't a huge concern for a guy already doing life without parole.

According to the Kennebec Journal, Fears was sentenced today to 57 months in federal prison after being found guilty of making false claims to the Treasury Department and misusing Social Security numbers.
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advinjhonsan
advinjhonsan

Fears delivered the false arguing that he had worked and withholding tax. This had the money deposited electronically into bank accounts he controlled the town and the IRS apparently.

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Otis
Otis

now he can buy all the potatoe chips, raman noodle soup and soda pop he wants at the prison store. WOW THAT SOUNDS FUN! I will take my sexy women and freedom over that life anyday.

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this guy is more proof to not trust a clean cut short haird male.

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Victor Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein

If you take the last two commas out of the tags string you get an awesome sentence.

Also, what did he have to lose by making his time go by faster by engaging in a game of electronic robbery? It's not like his livelihood was threatened.

Hell, I wouldn't be surprised to read he does it again. Beats watching the calendar.

James King
James King

Haha. Strongly considering taking out the commas.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Wonder why the federal government is facing an imminent shutdown? Because of idiots like this fool. I wonder how many federal charges this clown will get hit with?

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