HOUSTON (AP) -- The chief investigator for the Texas prison system says a threat against the Texas state senator who leads the committee in charge of state prisons was a scam by an inmate looking to gain some cash and reduced prison time. He says the lawmaker wasn t in danger.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General Bruce Toney says an inmate who in the past has provided some credible information to authorities made up the story about killing Sen. John Whitmire and tried to enlist others to join him so they could get in trouble.

Instead, Toney says the inmate now risks new charges of lying to police and at least forfeiture of his existing good time credits that could have reduced his sentence.

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