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Former Durham Inmate Steals Money From Jail Bank Account

Posted December 7, 2005

— A former inmate in the Durham County Jail is about to resume his life behind bars for stealing money from his fellow inmates.

Keith Edward Wright pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 to felony larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and other charges related to the jail scam and another scam against a restaurant.

Wright was accused of tapping into the bank account that held other inmates' money and taking more than $120,000. Authorities say the money was then used to help friends pay their bills.

Under the plea agreement, a judge sentenced Wright to at least five years, ten months in prison. Convictions on all counts could have carried a sentencing of more than 68 years behind bars.

Wright was released Aug. 2 after serving 69 days in jail, and jail officials cut him a check. Authorities say Wright somehow got enough information from the check to gain access to the entire account.


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