A corrections officer admitted Thursday that he accepted money bribes and smuggled medicine to prisoners at Federal Correctional Establishment at Fort Dix, federal prosecutors mentioned
Paul Anton Wright, 34, of Berlin, pleaded responsible to a bribery cost in Newark federal courtroom, U.S. Lawyer Craig Carpenito introduced Thursday.
Wright, who labored for the jail in Burlington County from 2014 via April 2018, smuggled tobacco, artificial marijuana and suboxone, a drug used to deal with opioid habit, to prisoners in 2015, based on an announcement from Carpenito.
He obtained the medicine and money bribes from two individuals identified to the prisoners who lived in New York Metropolis and Philadelphia, together with one transaction the place he took $2,500 from a prisoner’s relative in early 2015, officers mentioned.
In late 2015, he exchanged hundreds of dollars for medicine from a relative of an inmate’s girlfriend at a gathering in New York Metropolis, the feds mentioned. He later delivered the medicine to the inmate.
Financial institution data confirmed that Wright not solely deposited the money funds, but in addition used them as buy-ins on the Borgata on line casino in Atlantic Metropolis, prosecutors have mentioned.
In his responsible plea, he agreed to forfeit $50,000, reflecting cash he accepted as bribes, Carpenito mentioned in an announcement.
Wright is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2020.
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