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Former Federal Correctional Officer Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

Posted by John Rogers | Apr 01, 2021

An ex-correctional officer with the Bureau of Prisons was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for accepting more than $15,000 in cash bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband. Such illegal items include methamphetamine and cell phones into the high-security complex in Victorville.

Paul Hayes, a retired correctional officer residing in Victorville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald. The defendant had previously pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy and one count of accepting a bribe by a public official.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the defendant from early 2018 to September 2018, met with a co-defendant in Buena Park in a parking lot of stores and accepted cash bribes from her. IN exchange for the bribes, the defendant would accept wrapped contraband containing cellular phones and methamphetamine. The defendant then smuggled the contraband into the Victorville prison and then distributed the contraband to inmates.

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