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2 D.C. guards charged in smuggling scheme

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two D.C. corrections officers and a Maryland woman were arrested Tuesday on federal bribery charges on suspicion of accepting cash to smuggle cellphones and iPods to inmates in the District's jail complex.

The officers, Thomas Ford, 35, and Quincy Hayes, 32, have been placed on administrative leave and were released on personal recognizance after a brief hearing in the District's federal court. They are officers at the District's Correction Treatment Facility (CTF), which is run by the Corrections Corporation of America.

Renee Braxton, 44, a security guard at a museum, was also released on personal recognizance, court records show.

Authorities said that an inmate approached the FBI in October 2008 to report that guards were smuggling contraband into the facility. An undercover FBI employee, pretending to be the brother of an inmate, met with Braxton and Ford in 2008 and early this year and gave them several hundred dollars to smuggle a phone, an iPod and a charger to inmates at the CTF. Ford passed the items to the inmates, the FBI said.

Hayes is accused of accepting a $300 bribe payment in June 2009 to smuggle in an iPod to a CTF inmate, the FBI said in court papers.

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