Federal Corrections Officer in Miami Facing Bribery Charges

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  • Victor Manuel DeJesus is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the US and commit bribery, bribery, and other offenses, prosecutors said.

A corrections officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami was arrested after authorities say he accepted bribes in exchange for giving prohibited items to inmates.

Victor Manuel DeJesus, 47, is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit bribery, bribery, and other offenses, prosecutors said Friday.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said in a news release that DeJesus and others were involved in the scheme to provide contraband to inmates from at least as early as December 2018.

Orshan said inmates and people acting on their behalf gave cash payments to DeJesus, who deposited the money in his personal bank account. In exchange, DeJesus would bring prohibited items into the prison, or had inmate co-conspirators distribute the contraband in the prison, Orshan said.

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DeJesus was expected to appear in federal court Friday afternoon. Attorney information wasn’t available.