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Georgia inmate used jury-duty scheme to bilk Metairie man of $5.5K: federal prosecutors
By nola.com- Laura McKnight
Published: 04/12/2019

An inmate at a Georgia prison is accused of defrauding a Metairie man of $5,500 via a scheme that revolved around telling victims they had missed federal jury duty and therefore faced arrest—unless they paid a “fine.”

Nicholas Rotunda Allen, 39, was charged Wednesday (April 10) with conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in the grand-jury scam, federal prosecutors said in a news release.

Allen was convicted of a felony in early 2016 and placed in Jimmy Autry State Prison in Pelham, Georgia. Shortly afterward, Allen and others — both inside and outside of prison — began planning the scam, according to the bill of information charging Allen. The bill of information was filed in the federal court district that covers southeastern Louisiana.

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