3 charged with using prisoner IDs in theft scam

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5/3/2012 5:07:39 PM - AP News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are charging three people with stealing personal information from prison inmates and using it to claim more than $70,000 worth of illegal tax refunds from the state of Pennsylvania.The attorney general's office said Thursday it has charged 36-year-old Qadir Abdul Shabazz and 30-year-old Leslie Julian Shabazz, both of East Point, Ga., and 36-year-old Dion Lee McBride of Pittsburgh with charges that include conspiracy, money laundering and identity theft.Authorities say they've determined information was illegally used regarding inmates in Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.The attorney general's office says Georgia records indicate Leslie Shabazz runs Indigent Inmate Inc., an Atlanta-based group for inmates in financial need.Court records didn't indicate whether the three are represented by lawyers. The Shabazzes face extradition hearings.