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In the United States, a prison employee was accused of bribes worth more than 200 thousand dollars – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:45:16

Christina Marie Livingston, 46, was charged with 15 counts including bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. Livingston worked for the South Carolina Department of Corrections for 16 years. In 2016, she assumed responsibility for security at the maximum-security Columbia prison, investigators said.

Livingston conspired with inmate Jerell Reeves, 33, to receive bribes for cell phones and other contraband paraphernalia. Reeves is serving a 15-year sentence for the premeditated murder of a man at a Marion County convenience store in 2015, ABC News reported. According to the federal indictment, they were paid between $1,000 and $7,000 for smuggling smartphones. If convicted, both face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution of any money they earned illegally.

Contraband cell phones in South Carolina prisons have been a long-standing problem. Corrections Director Brian Stirling said inmates ran drug rings, fraudulent schemes and even ordered murders from behind bars. A 2018 riot that killed seven inmates at a local prison was incited via cellphones.

South Carolina corrections officials have repeatedly asked federal officials to allow them to jam cell phone signals in prisons, but have not received permission to do so. They recently experimented with a device that identifies all mobile phones on the prison grounds, allowing staff to force mobile phone providers to block unauthorized numbers. However, this initiative did not go beyond the pilot project.

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