In­mate, oth­ers charged in pri­son fraud scheme

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES - WIRE RE­PORTS

A state in­mate is among those charged with con­ning an­other in­mate’s fam­ily into pay­ing a fake law firm to work on his case.

The Alabama Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions an­nounced the charges Fri­day.

The depart­ment said the sus­pects are ac­cused of us­ing fake iden­ti­ties to lure an in­mate’s fam­ily into pay­ing a fic­ti­tious law firm.

The depart­ment said the sus­pects led the fam­ily to be­lieve the firm could get charges against their fam­ily mem­ber dropped, or sen­tence re­duced. They in­structed the fam­ily to wire money or pay with pre­paid cards.

State in­mate Tred­er­ris Cowan was charged with theft, iden­tity theft and con­spir­acy to com­mit in­sur­ance fraud. It was not clear from court records if he has a lawyer.

Four other peo­ple were ar­rested and there is an out­stand­ing war­rant for an­other.

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