A Canton man is accused of seeking about $5.5 million in tax refunds while he was serving a four-year prison sentence.
Brandon Mace, 35, is accused of filing false income tax returns in 2008 and 2009, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Mace has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court and is being held by U.S. Marshals pending a bond hearing Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors said Mace, while incarcerated, prepared false income tax returns in 2008 and 2009 seeking tax refunds of $207,000 and $5.2 million, respectively.
Mace entered Lorain Correctional Institution in April 2008 after his conviction in Stark County on theft and money laundering charges. He was released in September, according to a state prison spokeswoman.