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LCS guard faces up to 15 years in prison for bribery in cell phone smuggling case

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A 21 year-old former LCS Corrections guard at that company's East Hidalgo Detention Center faces up to 15 years in prison on charges that he accepted bribes in return for smuggling a cell phone into the facility, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney's office ("Former La Villa Corrections Officer Indicted for Smuggling Cell Phone to Federal Inmate," May 17):

"Jorge Luis Sandoval, 21, of Pharr, Texas, has been arrested on a bribery charge for smuggling a cellular phone into the East Hildago Detention Center located in La Villa, Texas, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

...  Sandoval is charged with one count of accepting a bribe while acting under the authority of the U.S Marshals Service as a correctional officer.

Sandoval worked as a corrections officer at the East Hildago Detention Center in La Villa, Texas. According to the indictment, Sandoval used his official position to enrich himself by accepting a cash payment from an individual acting on a federal inmate  in exchange for smuggling a cellular telephone into the prison.

Bribery carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney Casey N. MacDonald is  prosecuting the case."

The East Hidalgo Detention Center has already been in the news twice this year.  In February, the warden of the facility was suspended while under federal investigation into fraud, bribery and theft allegations.   In March, the facility was back in the news after the McAllen Monitor investigated potentially inadequate tuberculosis testing and treatment at the facility.  And, last October, a nurse plead guilty to smuggling marijuana into the facility We'll keep you posted on developments from East Hidalgo.   

 

 

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