My nsme is Fran and I am a criminal
It looks to me that if this is John's account and if he had the authority to tell his brother he could take the money, that the only thing they can get John for here is for obstructing justice
The police are skillful interrogators and they they are trained to ferret out crime. They are allowed to say things that are not true -- believe it or not, the Supreme Court
has said so -- in order to get to the bottom of something they are investigating. The only place they can't lie is on the stand.
What this looks like to me is that the police, aware of Matt's criminal history and a prior for identity theft
, and aware of John's lack of a criminal history, may have raised the idea of John going to prison as an interrogation
technique to see if they could get John scared enough to tell them the truth. The police do things like this, as i have indicated above.
I think they suspect that Matt did what his grandmother said he did. I would be surprised to find learn that John has actually been charged with anything.
Has he been? Has there been any further contact between him and the police? Use the reply tab to let me know and I will add to my answer.