Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bribery, conspiracy charges filed against former prison worker

February 24, 2011

A federal grand jury has indicted a Lansing woman for allegedly taking bribes and providing tobacco to inmates in 2008 while she worked at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

The indictment, handed up this week in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., charges Cheryl Gilbert, 44, Lansing, with one count of conspiracy to receive bribes for providing prohibited objects to inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, four counts of taking bribes, five counts of providing prohibited objects to inmates, and one count of making a false statement to federal investigators.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred from July to November 2008 at the prison.

The indictment alleges that while Gilbert was a cook supervisor at the prison she took bribes to provide inmates with tobacco.

Gilbert faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the conspiracy charge, up to 15 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each briberty count, up to six months and a fine up to $250,000 on each contraband count and up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the false information charge.

The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

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