Former Oklahoma prison inmate Donald Grayson sentenced to US prison for bogus tax return scheme

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A former state prison inmate has been sentenced to 4.5 years in federal prison in a false tax return scheme.

Tulsa U.S. Attorney Danny Williams says 61-year-old Donald Lee Grayson was charged with three counts of filing false 2008 federal income tax refund claims in the names of three different fellow prison inmates.

Grayson was a trustee serving a state sentence at a Tulsa-area prison and managed to gained access to a laptop computer and bank accounts in the names of the fellow inmates. He then electronically filed false tax returns from his prison cell.

Eventually, a prison guard noticed the computer's power card, which led to a search of Grayson's cell and an end to the scheme.

In addition to the prison sentence, Grayson must pay restitution totaling $14,226.

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