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Ex-Va. inmate to be sentenced for fraud

Tuesday - 2/19/2013, 7:07pm  ET

DANVILLE, Va. -- A former Virginia prison inmate is going to court to be sentenced for impersonating a millionaire behind bars.

Stanley Paul Tatum of Chatham is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Danville.

Tatum had pleaded guilty last May to one count of mail fraud.

Federal prosecutors say the 58-year-old Tatum portrayed himself as a millionaire in phone calls, by mail and in personal visits while he was imprisoned at Green Rock Correctional Center in 2008.

Tatum persuaded people to send him money and got a car dealer to release a new vehicle to one of his friends. He also persuaded Geico to create insurance policies for several other vehicles.

The government says the victims lost a little over $33,000.

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