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IRS Confiscates Money Found on Soul Singer in Prison

July 26, 1989 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ 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 today.

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 Thursday after officials saw news reports about Brown’s money last week, Archibald said.

The singer’s attorney, Buddy Dallas, said Brown’s trouble with the IRS dates to the early 1970s, when a Baltimore business the singer owned was mismanaged.

Neither the lawyer nor Archibald know why Brown had so much money. He was moved from the State Park Correctional Institution to the medium-security Stevenson Correctional Institution while the incident is investigated.

″I’m told this man has been an exemplary prisoner,″ Dallas said. ″Free James Brown and put the man back to work. I think there’s been a lot of good that’s come out of this man and there’s a lot more to come.″