Up Front: IRS FOLLIES
AT LEAST HE FILED BY THE 15TH
With the memory of Apr. 15 still burning, ponder the tale of Daniel Naple, who has gotten a lot out of two things most of us wouldn't relish: doing time and filing tax returns. While serving a grand theft sentence at a Belle Glade (Fla.) prison, Naple generated a tidy sum in illicit tax refunds, according to an Apr. 8 indictment. Naple used the names and Social Security numbers of hundreds of fellow inmates to file fake returns in 1989 and 1990, snaring nearly $75,000 on claims of $890,000 until the feds got wise, the indictment says.
Prosecutors say he typed up W-2 and 1040 forms--it's unclear how he got them--at the prison's law library, then smuggled them outside to pals, who mailed in returns and picked up refund checks sent to mail drops. Two other men, Philip Nelson and Robert Kirsch, were also indicted and pleaded not guilty. Naple, who had been released from Belle Glade in 1990, remains a fugitive.Gail DeGeorge