- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty in a tax fraud and identity theft scheme.

Authorities said Monday that Jerome Marcel Newton pleaded guilty to mail fraud and identity theft. His sentencing date has not been set.

Prosecutors say Newton gathered personal information from others and in some cases recruited people to gather information he used to file fraudulent tax returns in 2011. Prosecutors say Newton also used jail records to steal personal information from prison inmates that he used in the scheme.

Prosecutors say Newton deposited the fraudulent returns onto prepaid debit cards.

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