Tony Hanson, CBS Philadelphia

A 36-year-old Philadelphia man who wrote a “how-to” book on white collar crime while serving a 12-year sentence for armed robbery has been sentenced to a new, long prison sentence for fraud.

Defendant Phillip Weems has been sentenced to ten years in prison for a check-cashing scheme, despite his claim in his 56-page “Crime Pays” manuscript that he holds the highest degree in criminology.

“He authors a manuscript in which he indicates it’s volume one of multiple volumes,” says federal prosecutor Ashley Lunkenhiemer, “and actually provides a special preview of volume two, in which he suggests manners in which to conduct white-collar schemes and then, in the dedication and introduction to the manual, indicates the reason to do that is because there are no or less consequences for such conduct.”

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