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State of Michigan worries some prisoner claims are cons

LANSING (WKZO) -- The State of Michigan is now saying they're worried about the possibility they might be the victims of paying out money to prisoners for false claims on lost or damaged items.

During the past year, the Michigan Department of Corrections paid out just over 68-thousand dollars in small claims made by prisoners to replace property destroyed by staff.  Items range from eyeglasses and musical instruments all the way to boxer shorts that one inmate claimed was burned in the prison's laundry area.

While prisoner advocates admit there's a good chance of false claims, they believe such claims are a small minority.