A man who was rumored to be Babe Ruth's nephew and namesake, George Herman Ruth, and a fellow jail inmate, were convicted of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service of approximately $360,000 after filing false tax returns while in jail.
Ruth, 51, of Indianapolis, and William Robert Pilkey, 63, of Killeen, Texas, were inmates in Fort Dix Correctional Federal Institution. The pair was accused of filing 178 false individual tax returns with fraudulent claims for refunds using their names and the names of fellow inmates, from 2000 to 2003. A jury convicted them of one count of conspiracy to file false claims and 60 counts of filing false claims.
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