Florida inmate cashes in on phone glitch, bonds out of jail

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Lake County inmate took advantage of a glitch in the jail's phone system, eventually banking enough money in his trust account to cover his bond.

Lake County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday that 32-year-old Larry Stone made a call that didn't go through in early July, He noticed his inmate account was credited for more money than the call cost. He repeated the process 77 times, accumulating $1,250 in his inmate trust account.

He used the cash to bond out of jail. But jail officials noticed a large number of incomplete calls and found an error in the system that charges inmates for phone calls.

Stone turned himself in hours after his release and now faces charges of grand theft and scheming with intent to defraud.

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