Inmate Gets More Jail Time For IRS Scam

A Michigan inmate had hoped to trigger a tax audit of the county prosecutor who sent him to prison. Instead, he’ll be adding a federal sentence to his record.

James Harris was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Monday for obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.

Authorities say the 41-year-old Harris sent phony documents to the IRS in 2007 claiming to have paid millions of dollars in interest to Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie. He pleaded guilty in October in federal court in Marquette.

Mackie was prosecutor in 1994 when Harris was convicted of robbery and gun charges. Harris is up for parole in 2011. Whenever he’s released, he’ll be moved to a federal prison for more time behind bars.

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