|Authorities: Inmates’ scam targeted lotto winner, others|
PONTIAC, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Michigan prison inmates, one of whom is behind bars for sexually assaulting teens in Barry County, are in more trouble for a jailhouse scam that authorities say targeted an out-of-state lottery winner, online critics and a former prison pen pal.
Michael Terpening and his alleged partner, Steven Wilcox, each pleaded no contest to three counts of larceny by conversion in Oakland County for the scam.
Both were originally charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit false pretenses of $100,000 or more. They are scheduled to be sentenced April 12 in Oakland County.
According to police and prosecutors, Wilcox was trying to collect on a lawsuit he won against an attorney who later died. His argument, in short, was that because the lawyer owed him money, if he could find people who owe the lawyer money, then he could collect from them.
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