Conn. prison official charged with fraud

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities arrested a lieutenant with the state Department of Correction on Tuesday and accused him of running a business while he was out of work and collecting disability payments.

 Stephen Zaczynski, 49, of Suffield, was charged with workers’ compensation fraud, larceny and failure to maintain workers’ compensation insurance at his company.

 Zaczynski filed for disability benefits in September 2008 for a job-related injury, but went on to run New England Pellet LLC and illegally collect nearly $13,000 while on leave, according to an arrest warrant.

 Zaczynski’s attorney, James Oliver, said his client intends to fight the charges and doesn’t believe any crime was committed.

 Zaczynski was placed on paid leave Tuesday. His next court date is Oct. 20.

 source: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CT_PRISON_GUARD_ARRESTED_CTOL-?SITE=RIPRJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Prison guard arrested in state police smuggling sting

SUFFIELD, Conn. —

State police say a 43-year-old prison guard has been arrested in an undercover sting operation after allegedly agreeing to smuggle heroin and a cell phone into a Suffield prison.

State police say Connie Atkins, an East Hartford resident, met an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a drug connection, in Hartford on May 21.

State police say Atkins agreed to smuggle 28 grams of heroin and a cell phone to an inmate at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution for $3,500.

Atkins has been released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to returns to Hartford Superior Court on June 20.

A state police spokesman, said Tuesday that no other members of the correctional staff are suspected of involvement in the case.

source: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x784972653/

Former Conn. guard accused of sexual assault

SOMERS, Conn. – Connecticut state police have arrested a former state prison guard, accusing her of having sex with two inmates while on the job.

Twenty-four-year-old Megan Schnitzler of Windham is charged with sexually assaulting the inmates last summer when she worked at the Osborn Correctional Center in Somers.

Schnitzler was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault. The charges stem from separate incidents at the prison that allegedly took place on July 1 and Sept. 1.

She’s been released on 40,000 bond

Correction Department spokesman Brian Garnett says Schnitzler began working there Oct. 10, 2003 and resigned last Oct. 23.
source; http://www.courant.com/news/local/statewire/hc-ap-ct-guardarrestedmay05,0,3233578.story

Former prison guard from Brewster to be sentenced for sex with inmate

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Brewster, N.Y., man who is a former guard at the federal prison in Danbury is set to be sentenced for having sex with a female inmate and plotting with her to kill his wife.

Michael Rudkin is scheduled to appear in federal court in New Haven this afternoon. He faces up to 10 years in prison after having pleaded guilty last August to sexual abuse of a ward and attempted murder for hire.

Prosecutors say Rudkin and the inmate had a sexual relationship from October 2007 to January 2008. They say he promised to pay her $5,000 to arrange for his wife’s murder.

They say Rudkin also asked the inmate to wait until he could reinstate a life insurance policy on his wife. Prosecutors say investigators learned of the plot before any harm came to Rudkin’s wife.

source: http://www.lohud.com/article/20090115/NEWS04/901150454/-1/rss01

Former guard from Brewster pleads guilty to sex with inmate

DANBURY, Conn. – A former guard at the federal prison in Danbury has pleaded guilty to charges that he had sex with an inmate and plotted with her to kill his wife.

Michael Rudkin of Brewster, N.Y. faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to federal charges of murder for hire and the sexual abuse of a ward.

Prosecutors say the 39-year-old guard promised to pay the inmate $5,000 to arrange for his wife’s murder. They say Rudkin provided her with a floor plan of his home as well as his wife’s work hours.

They say he also asked her to wait until he could reinstate a life insurance policy on his wife. Prosecutors say investigators learned of the plot before any harm came to Rudkin’s wife.

SOURCE: http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080815/NEWS04/808150415/-1/rss01

Prison official pleads guilty to helping bondsmen

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A former prison counseling supervisor has pleaded guilty to using state computers to give information to three bail bondsmen about fugitives and prisoners.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old James Barone admitted in his plea that he accepted cash and holiday gift certificates from the bail bondsmen in exchange for the pictures and inmate information.

The bondsmen — Robert Jacobs and his sons, Philip Jacobs and Paul Jacobs — all have been sentenced to prison. They were convicted of bribing New Haven police officers to pursue fugitives who skipped out on bonds posted by the Jacobs’ companies.

Barone is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3. He could face up to a year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
source: http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2008/08/13/prison_official_pleads_guilty_to_helping_bondsmen/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Latest+news

Prison Guard Accused In Drug Scheme

SOMERS, Conn. — State police said a 43-year-old prison guard has been arrested in an undercover sting operation after allegedly agreeing to smuggle heroin and a cell phone into a Suffield prison.

 

State police said Connie Atkins, an East Hartford resident, met an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a drug connection, in Hartford on May 21.

 

State police said Atkins agreed to smuggle 28 grams of heroin and a cell phone to an inmate at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution for $3,500.

 

Atkins has been released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to returns to Hartford Superior Court on June 20

A state police spokesman, said Tuesday that no other members of the correctional staff are suspected of involvement in the case.

source: http://www.wfsb.com/news/16411900/detail.html?rss=hart&psp=news