Man to Plead Guilty to Fraud

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Court records say the man who tried to bargain his way out of jail by offering to help stop a plot against President Barack Obama has decided to plead guilty to fraud charges.

Ronnie Lee Owen was wanted in eight states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, on fraud or similar charges when he was arrested in Biloxi in March 2009 with fake driver's licenses and phony checks.

He tried to strike a deal with authorities by offering fantastical tales of plotting white supremacists and extremist Mormons.

A Secret Service agent has said the agency checks out every possible threat, but Owen's case remains about fraud. It doesn't appear they believed Owen's tales.

In a filing Tuesday Owen notified the court "of his intent to change his plea to guilty."


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