Ga. man indicted in inmate identity theft scheme

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Updated: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 03:16:06 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted an Atlanta man accused of using prisoners' personal information in a nationwide identity theft scheme.

Officials said Thursday that a more than 30-count indictment charges 38-year-old Qadir Shabazz with conspiracy to defraud the federal government, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds.

Officials say Shabazz and co-conspirators operated a business named "Indigent Inmate" and distributed information to prisoners in facilities across the country. Inmates were told that they'd receive "prisoner benefits" in exchange for their personal information.

Prosecutors say more than 13,000 inmates sent Shabazz their personal information, which was used to file more than 2,000 federal tax returns in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

It's unclear if Shabazz has an attorney.

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