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As if being dubbed the biggest tax cheat in U.S. history wasn’t enough, Washington telecom tycoon Walter Anderson might face additional jail time for using a contraband cell phone behind bars. After his February arrest for allegedly dodging $200 million in taxes, Anderson was sent to a privately run detention facility where, in October, guards found a cell phone stashed under his bunk bed, secured to a footlocker by a magnetic strip. They also found a library book with the center pages carved out, which Anderson allegedly used to hide the phone. During the two months he possessed the phone, prosecutors say, Anderson placed more than 16,000 minutes of calls and sent 1,385 kilobytes of text messages to unknown parties. Anderson has since been transferred to the D.C. Jail. Court documents filed by the prosecution on Jan. 3 indicated a grand jury is investigating the matter, but mention of the investigation has since been redacted from those documents. Possession and use of an unauthorized cell phone behind bars is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Both Anderson’s attorneys and the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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