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Oklahoma federal inmates attempt release scam


Gazette staff August 2nd, 2007

This actually would be funny if it didn't involve federal prisoners.   A few inmates at the federal prison in El Reno apparently thought they could extort their wa...

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This actually would be funny if it didn't involve federal prisoners.

 

A few inmates at the federal prison in El Reno apparently thought they could extort their way out of prison, according to an indictment detailed in the Tulsa World. It ended up landing the inmates with federal indictments.

 

Federal prosecutors allege the prisoners conspired to seize the personal assets of the warden and other officials at the prison. Here is how the clever scheme was conceived: The inmates claimed to have had their names copyrighted (Wow, prisoners thought of copyrighting their own names? Well, that beats carving a bar of soap into a gun.). Then, according to the World, the plan was to accuse prison officials of unauthorized use of their names and demand millions of dollars and ultimately, release from prison to make the problem go away.

 

The indictment goes on to allege the prisoners sent demand notices to the warden and filed liens against his property. Using the fraudulent liens, they allegedly planned to hire a person to seize the warden's vehicles, freeze his bank accounts and change the locks on his house, the World reported.

 

Luckily, there was someone a little more smart than the prisoners. Turns out the person they tried to hire to carry out their dastardly plan was an FBI agent. Along with the conspiracy allegation, the feds decided to throw in charges of sending threatening letters and making false claims against the government.

 

The four accused inmates are Russell Dean Landers, 56; Clayton Heath Albers, 60; Carl Ervin Batts, 51; and Barry Dean Bischof, 60, according to the report. They were at the El Reno federal prison between 2003 and 2004. A fifth defendant accused of aiding the prisoners " William Michael Roberson, 50, of Baton Rouge, La. " is alleged to have helped the other four. The FBI arrested him in Baton Rouge in July.

 

 
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