U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia
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May 21, 2015

Federal Correctional Officer Charged in Bribery Scheme

RICHMOND, VA—Jermaine Brown, 37, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was charged by a federal grand jury on May 19, 2015 with conspiracy to commit bribery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371; and bribery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 201.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Adam S. Lee, Special Agent-In-Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; and Michael Tompkins, Special Agent-In-Charge, Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, made the announcement after Brown’s initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak.

Brown faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

According to the indictment, from the Fall of 2010 until March 25, 2013, while employed as a federal correctional officer/recreational specialist at the Federal Correctional Institution-Medium, Petersburg, Virginia, Brown engaged in a conspiracy to smuggle heroin, marijuana, and cigarettes to multiple inmates within the prison in exchange for bribes. The indictment charges that inmates would have friends or family outside of the prison wire transfer money to Brown’s co-conspirator, who would then pay Brown. From December 2010 through March 2011, the indictment alleges, Brown received at least five wire transfers from inmates totaling $3,050.00 in exchange for contraband.

This case was investigated by Department of Justice-Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik S. Siebert is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:15CR93.

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