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Federal Prisoner Sentenced Additional 15 Years For Crimes Committed While Incarcerated

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WLNS) - Federal Prisoner Mark Nowell Basnight, age 39, of East Lansing has been sentenced an additional 15 years and 4 months for crimes he committed while in prison.

In 2011 Basnight attempted to distribute heroin while incarcerated at a federal prison in West Virginia. Basnight attempted to obtain heroin for a source in Lansing, Michigan so that he could sell it in federal prison. He sent the source a book containing an order for heroin and vitamins secreted in the binding so that the source could see how to send Basnight drugs while he remained in prison. Around the same time Basnight and the source planned a scheme to defraud at least six financial institutions throughout several states. The scheme included the production of false identification documents, including driver's licenses from Michigan and other states that contained the picture of another co-conspirator, who would use these false documents to obtain bank loans by fraud. One of the false identification documents contained the real personal identifiers of an individual residing in Lansing, Michigan, that were obtained by a co-conspirator through an individual that provided cleaning services to a local bank after it closed for the day.     

"One of the primary goals of our federal prison is to rehabilitate those convicted of federal crimes so that they can return as productive members of our communities," said U.S. Attorney Miles. "This office will vigorously prosecute those who choose to thwart this very important goal by continuing to commit crimes while serving time in our federal prisons."

The investigation of this case resulted in the conviction of five individuals in addition to Basnight.

The United States Department of Justice contributed to this story.

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