Inmate scams victim out of $46,000 from her jail cell

SAN ANTONIO (USA TODAY) - An I-Team investigation revealed an inmate at the Bexar County Jail convinced an employee to notarize multiple forged documents earlier this year.

Toni Stringfellow, 54, is currently awaiting trial for felony tampering with a governmental record and fraudulent possession of identifying information.

The Sheriff's Office acknowledged Monday that Toni Stringfellow signed another woman's name on several power of attorney forms, which were then notarized by a jail employee, in order to access the other woman's investment accounts.

According to paperwork obtained by the I-Team, Toni Stringfellow was able to access $46,000 in an investment account belonging to Teresa Hudson Stringfellow.

Hudson Stringfellow told the I-Team in past interviews Toni Stringfellow has stolen her identity and committed other crimes against her, including stalking, since the early 1980's.

"What good does it do to have her behind bars if she can continue these forgeries and scams," said Hudson Stringfellow.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said Monday her office is now screening Toni's incoming and outgoing mail and restricting her use of the telephone.

Pamerleau declined to discuss if the employee was disciplined for not properly vetting the forms Toni signed.

"She made a mistake, we have corrected that, took appropriate action," said Sheriff Pamerleau.

Bexar County Jail Annex(Photo: Jason Gonzales)

Pamerleau added that non-uniform employees working at the jail have been retrained on how to deal with inmates they come in contact with.

Toni Stringfellow is scheduled to be sentenced next week as part of a plea deal.

She could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Court records show Toni Stringfellow served nearly nine years in prison from 2004 to 2013 for fraud, forgery and identity theft convictions.



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