Woman Accused of Scamming Veteran Continues to Call Him, Loses Jail House Phone Access, Prosecutors Say

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DELAND -- A woman accused of scamming an 82-year-old veteran out of his life savings is back behind bars after she violated a no-contact order by calling him and convincing him to bond her out of jail, according to court records.

And now Jessica Henry has lost her jail house phone privileges as she awaits sentencing on Wednesday.

Henry is accused of scamming Wallace Breland, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, out of $50,000. The DeLand veteran's plight drew a response from many people wanting to help him. The Florida American Legion donated $18,000 to Breland in June to help him get back on his feet.

Henry's boyfriend, Gregory Dushan, 29, is also charged in the case. Dushan is accused of posing as a probation officer and calling Breland to threaten that if he didn't pay costs associated with Henry''s arrest she would be locked up. The couple was initially arrested in May by DeLand Police.

Dushan is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $35,000 bail. He is awaiting trial and his next hearing is Nov. 26.

Henry, 32, was arrested again on Tuesday nearly a month after Breland told prosecutors that Henry had called him from jail and asked him to bond her out, according to court documents.

Breland said he bonded her out on Oct. 10 and gave her some money "because she asked him to and is his friend."

Henry is now being held without bond.

A handwritten note mailed to the judge by the victim and filed on Oct. 23 reads: "Will you drop the charges against Jessie Henry. She has spent 7 months in jail. She has served her time."

Circuit Judge James R. Clayton has set Henry's sentencing for 11 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.

Henry entered no contest pleas on Sept. 12 to conspiracy to commit exploitation of an elderly person, a third-degree felony, and exploitation of an elderly person and organized scheme to defraud, both second-degree felonies.

The third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and each of the second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Henry entered an open plea, meaning there was no agreement with prosecutors limiting the amount of time a judge could sentence her to.

And her actions as she awaiting sentencing are unlikely to score her any points with the judge.

Henry called Breland even after her arrest for reportedly violating the no-contact order, according to records.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the day after her arrest, Henry called Breland and asked him to go to her first appearance when judges decide whether to set bond and the amount of the bond.

Prosecutor Sarah Thomas filed a motion on Thursday to revoke Henry's access to the jail house phone.

According to the motion, Henry got on the jail phone on Wednesday, a day after her arrest in the violation of the no contact order, and instructed Breland to "tell them that you bonded me out and you want me to come home. You hear me? Will you do that? Because I think the only reason they could have revoked my bond is the no contact order."

This article is written by Frank Fernandez from Daytona Beach News - Journal, The and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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