EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKy. Federal Correctional Officer, Inmate, Inmate's Girlfriend Indicted
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 13, 2013 5:23 PM EDT
Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky
A correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institute in Ashland, Ky., an inmate at the facility and the inmate’s girlfriend were indicted for conspiracy to introduce prohibited items into the prison.
On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Covington returned an indictment charging federal correctional officer James S. Lewis, 45, of Ironton, Ohio; inmate Gary Musick 32, of Newport, Tenn., and Musick’s girlfriend, Cindy Gates, 23, also of Newport, with conspiring to introduce marijuana, tobacco and other prohibited items into the prison, according to a news release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Kentucky.
Musick also was indicted for possession of contraband in prison and the indictment accuses Lewis of receiving a bribe as a public official. The conspiracy lasted from December 2010 until March 2012.
The indictment alleges Musick sold the prohibited items to other inmates in exchange for stamps. In some instances, Musick directed inmates to have money sent to an address outside of the institution as payment for the prohibited items.
Lewis is scheduled to appear in federal court on Sept. 26 in Ashland. A date for Gates and Musick to appear in court has not yet been scheduled. Lewis faces up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000; Musick faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and Gates faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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