D.C. correctional officer sentenced in bribery case
Jail is supposed to be no frills, a place where the only the basic amenities of food, clothing and shelter exist. But according to prosecutors, one D.C. jail officer helped an inmate get some creature comforts -- a cell phone, an iPod, and even a charger for the devices.
Thomas Ford, 35, of the District, was sentenced Thursday to 12 months and one day in prison on a charge of bribery of a public official, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District announced.
Ford admitted in February that he accepted cash payments in exchange for
agreeing to smuggle cell phones, an iPod and a charger to a cooperating inmate in the Correctional Treatment Facility, which is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America under contract with the D. C. Department of Corrections.
The FBI launched an undercover sting in 2008, after getting a tip that corrections officers were smuggling contraband to inmates. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen said in a statement that as a law enforcement officer, Ford abused the public trust, and he pledged, "“whenever anyone violates the public trust and breaks the law, we will prosecute them vigorously.”
May 27, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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