TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says some of Florida's worst tax cheats are already in prison.
The state's senior senator said Friday that Florida led the nation with the most prison inmates committing tax fraud with 8,777 bogus claims in the 2009 tax year. Nelson said more than $39 million was refunded on the fraudulent claims. He said that nationally, nearly 45,000 fraudulent claims were filed by prisoners across the U.S. with some $295 million paid out in refunds.
Nelson says he wants the Internal Revenue Service to work with state prisons to fight the tax cheats.
The Melbourne Democrat plans to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate next year and says he'll continue working on bringing high-speed rail to the state despite opposition from Gov. Rick Scott.
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