SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man who faked being the son of a South Texas judge to con money from people with legal troubles has been sentenced to two years in state jail.
Another judge in San Antonio on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Mark David Leal.
Leal in March pleaded no contest to theft of $3,500 from a man facing drug possession and drunken driving charges.
Prosecutors say Leal falsely claimed his mother was Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner and that she would delete the charges from a court computer.
The scam surfaced in 2011 when the charges weren't dropped and the duped man mailed a threatening letter to the unknowing judge. The swindled man, who pleaded guilty to the drug charge and sending the threat, cooperated in the investigation.
Vasquez-Gardner failed in her 2012 re-election bid.
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