Prison guard sentenced in inmate cellphone smuggling case

11:25 AM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A former correctional officer who pleaded guilty to a inmate cellphone smuggling operation on the side, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday.

Bobby Joe Kirby, 54, of Reno, was also ordered to forfeit $15, 635, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

Per federal court documents, Kirby, who was employed at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, received the forfeiture amount from relatives and associates of prisoners in return for getting cellphones and tobacco to the inmates.

Kirby confessed to receiving $150 for each smuggled cellphone. He was charged with honest services wire fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Kirby smuggled in the contraband more than 100 times between June 2010 and June 2011.










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