MIAMI – A federal corrections officer has been charged after accepting bribes from South Florida prisoners, prosecutors said Friday.
Victor DeJesus, 47, was arrested and charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.
A 14-count indictment filed in Miami federal court alleges DeJesus accepted money in exchange for providing contraband to inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution.
According to the indictment, prisoners and those acting on their behalf supplied DeJesus with bribe payments from at least as early as December 2018 through September 2019.
DeJesus is alleged to have deposited the money into his personal bank account.
In exchange for the bribe payments, the indictment alleges, DeJesus brought prohibited items into the prison. The indictment goes on to say DeJesus had inmate co-conspirators distribute the contraband.
The Federal Correctional Institution in Miami is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
DeJesus was scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate Friday afternoon.