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IRS PAYS VISIT TO JAMES BROWN IN CELL AND LEAVES WITH $40,000

Soul singer James Brown, already in trouble for having an unauthorized $40,000 in his prison cell, has lost the money to the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS seized $40,000 in certified checks and almost $600 cash to pay back-taxes he owes, Corrections Department spokesman Francis X. Archibald said Wednesday in Columbia, S.C.Brown, serving a six-year sentence for aggravated assault and failing to stop for a police officer, could lose credit for good behavior for having money in excess of the $50 prisoners are allowed.

The IRS claimed the money after officials saw news reports about Brown's money last week, Archibald said.