Christopher Dale Hudgins

Christopher Dale Hudgins

For his alleged involvement in a prison phone scam collective that yielded him just $933, a Rome man is facing two federal charges, which he pleaded not guilty to on Thursday.

Christopher Dale Hudgins was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by wire, radio or television.

According to the indictment:

Starting in April 2014, Hudgins, along with other inmates at Autry State Prison, used contraband cellphones to make calls to victims around the country, including Floyd County, portraying themselves as law enforcement officials.

Hudgins told victims they missed jury duty and there was a warrant out for their arrest.

They were then given two options to solve the fictitious problem: pay a fine or be arrested.

Those who opted to pay a fine were told to purchase Green Dot debit cards and relay the account numbers to Hudg­ins. A third party would then withdraw cash from the card and deposit the cash onto Hudgins’ card.

Hudgins is currently serving a prison sentence on obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges.