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2 men charged with tax fraud while in prison

August 19, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two men are charged with conspiracy for allegedly filing fraudulent tax returns while they were incarcerated in Faribault.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Tony Robinson and 39-year-old Tanka Tetzlaff are each indicted on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and multiple counts of filing false claims.

The indictment says the conspiracy lasted from October 2009 through roughly September 2010. Robinson and Tetzlaff allegedly got other prisoners to provide their names and Social Security numbers so they and others could prepare false claims and get refunds. Prosecutors say over $400,000 in false claims were filed.

Three others have pleaded guilty in the scheme.

Robinson’s attorney, Larry Leventhal, says his client pleaded not guilty. Tetzlaff’s first court appearance is Wednesday. Court files don’t list an attorney for him.

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