Idaho prison inmate sentenced for mail fraud

Statesman staffDecember 10, 2013 

An Idaho Correctional Center inmate who made tens of thousands of dollars from schemes he ran in prison was sentenced on two counts of mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Tuesday.

According to court documents Mark Anthony Brown, 53, misrepresented himself as a claimant of large-scale lawsuits, including class-action lawsuits and bankruptcy settlements from September 2007 to February 2013.

A plea agreement says Brown submitted claim forms through the mail and deposited the proceeds he received into his Idaho Department of Correction trust account and into several different investment accounts. Twenty-two settlements and litigations - ranging from $20 to $29,528.50 - are detailed in the agreement.

Brown was sentenced to 33 months in prison, three years of supervised release after that, restitution of $59,679.92 and forfeiture of the same amount, which was previously seized from Brown’s accounts. The court also ordered forfeiture of Brown’s typewriter, which he used to commit the crimes.

The prison portion of the sentence is to be served consecutively to the prison sentence that Brown is currently serving for for burglary and grand theft. The sentence on those charges lasts for about another 30 years, but he was to be eligible for parole as early as 2019.

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