A death threat against a powerful Texas lawmaker that was reported by an inmate turned out to be a scam, a prison official said Tuesday.Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, chairman of the committee in charge of Texas prisons, was in no danger, said Bruce Toney, inspector general of the Department of Criminal Justice.The inmate was a confidential informant who tried to recruit others to devise a plot to kill Whitmire so the inmate could report them, believing it could earn him cash or a reduced sentence, Toney said."There was no credible threat," Toney said. "He was trying to work an angle on us."Once we started investigating, we found it basically was a scam he was working to try to get a bunch of ridiculous things for himself," Toney said.The inmate could be charged with lying to a police officer. At a minimum, authorities would seek to rescind "good time" credits that could have reduced his sentence, Toney said.Whitmire is the longtime chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.On Monday, he disclosed that he was told last week that an informant had reported a "hit" against him because of complaints about the conditions on Death Row.Whitmire said any threat needs to be taken seriously, particularly after Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements was fatally shot at his home. The suspect, Evan Ebel, died in a shootout in Decatur."I think one of his motivating factors was seeing what had happened in Colorado," Toney said.