20 Charged in Maryland Racketeering Scheme

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Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged 20 Maryland corrections officers and inmates in a bribery scheme that involved corrections officers accepting bribes, kickbacks and sexual favors from inmates in exchange for smuggling contraband.

Corrections officers at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup are accused of smuggling drugs, cellphones, tobacco and USB drives into the prison, which inmates would then sell to other prisoners.

The prison officials listed in the indictment are Owen Nesmith, Patricia McDaniel, Janel Griffin, Robert Doggett, Ricky McNeely, and Joseph Nwancha. The inmates listed in the indictment are Corey Alston, Jerrard Bazemore, Irving Hernandez, Todd Holloway, Schvel Mack, Larnell Megginson, and Tavon Price. The people accused of procuring and transporting the contraband are Aldon Alston, Ashley Alston, Tyirisha Johnson, Jamia Lawson, Jerrell McNeill, India Parker, and Lekeah Pendelton.

Read the original article here: washingtonpost.com

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