Inmate Sentenced for Trying to Defraud Federal Judges

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GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) - A state prison inmate who filed fake papers with the state saying that two federal judges owed debts has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A Coryell County jury convicted Mycal Antoine Poole this week on three counts of filing a fraudulent financing statement with intent to harm and defraud and three counts of retaliation.

Poole was already serving 60 years in prison.

Poole was given 20-year sentences on each of the six new counts, to be served concurrently after he finishes the 60-year sentence.

According to trial testimony, Poole created fake Uniform Commercial Code filings and mailed them to the secretary of state.

The Texas Attorney General's Office says there had been an increase in recent years in such fake filings. The filings name public officials as debtors as a form of harassment or to ruin their credit.