- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A former corrections officer at the Zephyrhills Correctional Facility was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison after reaching a plea agreement on charges of wire fraud and identity theft.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney on Thursday, Jerry St. Fleur stole the identities of current and former inmates without their knowledge.

Court documents show that the 26-year-old St. Fleur used this information to file about 182 fraudulent income tax returns, and requested more than $500,000 in refunds.

Officials say he will serve four years and three months in federal prison, and was ordered to forfeit $61,704 in proceeds from the fraud.

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