Corrections officer pleads guilty to extortion



COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A federal corrections officer at an eastern Kentucky prison has pleaded guilty to extortion in a scheme that involved smuggling tobacco products to inmates.

David Thompson, 43, of Raceland, admitted in court Friday that he received $19,600 to bring cigarettes, chewing tobacco and loose leaf rolling tobacco to inmates at Ashland FCI from Oct. 30, 2006, through Feb. 8.

Prosecutors said Thompson would bring the tobacco into the prison and pass it along to an inmate. The inmates were instructed to sell the tobacco products on his behalf, with friends and relatives of the inmates sending Thompson money as compensation.

Thompson started working at the prison in July 1990. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30.


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  1. In a nation wherein “In GOD We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, corruption and wickedness exist on both sides of the badge and the bars. Yet, are they bad men just because they made some bad choices? Do not all of us have A’s and F’s on our moral report cards? As I so stated on my blog, we can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. I dare anyone who wants to fix their F’s to read that textbook in sex education and then to trust in GOD…and that’s my final answer!

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