A state prison inmate who ran a $32,343 tax refund scam on the IRS has been sentenced to spend another 12 months behind bars, this time in a federal lockup.

U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia H. Rambo imposed that punishment on the guilty plea by Jeremy Baney, 50, of Lycoming County, to a tax fraud charge.

Investigators said Baney, an inmate of the state prison at Smithfield, obtained used the personal identification of other inmates to file false federal income tax returns seeking refunds. Those ill-gotten refunds were sent to a bank account set up by Baney and a now-dead co-conspirator.

In addition to the prison term, Rambo ordered Baney to pay full restitution to the federal government.

Baney’s arrest stemmed from an investigation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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