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Correction Officer Arraigned On Charges For Accepting Bribes

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ATLANTA (AP) — A former corrections officer has been arraigned on federal charges of accepting a bribe after officials say he smuggled prohibited items to a federal prison inmate.

Authorities say 45-year-old Kenneth Holsey, of Riverdale, was indicted on Nov. 27 and has been released on bond.

Officials say Holsey, a 20-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, accepted a cash bribe from an inmate between May and September of 2011 and smuggled a cellphone and cigarettes into the prison.

Officials in the U.S. District Attorney’s Office say investigators recorded conversations between the two, and learned they discussed smuggling marijuana into the prison.

If charged, Holsey faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. It was not known if Holsey has a lawyer.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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