Idaho Inmate Admits to Elaborate Jailhouse Scheme

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An Idaho inmate, serving time at the North Idaho Correctional Center in Orofino, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud after prosecutors alleged that he had been running a class-action lawsuit scheme from his jail cell.

Mark Brown, 53, was already serving time for grand theft and burglary, and federal prosecutors said he was running his scheme from behind bars for nearly six years. According to a federal indictment, Brown pretended to be party to a series of class-action lawsuits and bankruptcy settlements, netting nearly $64,000. Brown was slapped with 12 counts of mail fraud for the alleged scheme.

Brown pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Aug. 22, and each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 13.