March 12, 2014
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A former state prison inmate in Virginia who portrayed himself as a millionaire was able to persuade people to send him money and an auto dealer to give a new vehicle to a friend.
Now 59-year-old Stanley Paul Tatum faces 41 months in a federal prison on mail fraud. The government announced Tatum's sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Danville.
Tatum conducted his fraudulent transactions while an inmate at Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham during 2008 and 2009. Prosecutors said he told his victims that he was a millionaire and convinced them to send him U.S. Postal Service money orders. He also conned a national insurance company to create eight policies for several vehicles.
All told, Tatum's prison scams resulted in the loss of more than $33,000.