NJ man charged in Chista Pike Plot arrested again

A New Jersey man charged in a foiled plot to help Tennessee

Donald Kohut (Photo: TBI)

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man charged in a foiled plot to help Tennessee's only female death row inmate escape is accused of trying to orchestrate a mortgage scam in the Garden State.

Donald Kohut Jr. returned to New Jersey after posting bond following his arrest in March on charges of scheming with a guard to make a copy of a prison key to break out Christa Pike. She's been on death row since 1996 for the slaying of a Job Corps student.

Prosecutors in Hunterdon County, N.J., say Kohut had taken out a mortgage to purchase a home then forged documents to secure another mortgage on the property and cashed out.

He's held on $115,000 bail, charged with theft by deception, forgery and other charges.

Prosecutors say more charges are expected.

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