Monday, January 28, 2008
George Herman Ruth, 54, the nephew and namesake of baseball Hall-of-Famer Babe Ruth, was convicted by a federal district court jury in New Jersey of scheming to defraud the IRS of $360,000 by preparing fictitious tax returns while already serving a prison sentence. The jury found that Ruth and his co-defendant prepared false tax returns in their and others' names, including those of other inmates, used third parties to deposit the refunds into various bank accounts, and transferred the funds into their prison commissary accounts.
Update: As several commenters and subsequent media reports pointed out, the initial media reports above accepted Mr. Ruth's claims that he was the nephew of Babe Ruth. In fact, he is not.