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Lawton Correctional Facility inmate sentenced for $600k scheme

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An inmate at the Lawton Correctional Facility has been sentenced to nearly four years for his role in a scheme that netted over $600,000 over a six month period.

37-year-old Darrick Forsythe was convicted for his role in the scheme which prosecutors said led to the death of a retired Connecticut school teacher.

According to court document, Forsythe and other inmates used smuggled cell phones to befriend the Connecticut man through a phone-based chat room between February 2011 and October 2011. They threatened to reveal the victim’s sexual orientation and cause physical harm to the victim or his family if they victim did not send them cash and prepaid debit cards in amounts ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. In total, the scheme stole $674,100 from the Connecticut man.

The victim finally contacted police after depleting the family inheritance, of which he was the custodian. The victim committed suicide in 2014.

Forsythe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in April of 2014.

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