Sacto 9-1-1
September 9, 2011
Prisoner accused of trying to file false liens against officials

A federal grand jury in Fresno has indicted a federal prison inmate for attempting to file false liens against 14 federal prison officials.

The grand jury Thursday returned a multiple-count indictment charging Denard Darnell Neal, 48, of Avondale, Ariz., with attempting to file false liens and encumbrances against federal prison officials in violation of the Court Security Act of 2007, according federal Department of Justice news release.

The indictment alleges that in April 2010, while Neal was incarcerated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Atwater, he attempted to execute a scheme to file false liens and encumbrances against the real and personal property of 14 federal prison officers. As part of the scheme, Neal allegedly prepared false Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and commercial lien security agreements, purporting to make certain officers his debtors. The amounts of the false liens ranged from $5,000 to $45 million.

Neal then allegedly attempted to send the documents to his mother with instructions on how she should file the liens against the officers.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S Bureau of Prisons.

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