N.J. corrections officer pleads guilty to smuggling drugs to inmate

TRENTON — A corrections officer pleaded guilty today to smuggling cocaine and a syringe to an inmate in Southern State Correctional Facility.

Roy Solomon, 33, of Lower Township in Cape May County admitted to official misconduct, which could land him in prison for five years.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Neither the Department of Corrections nor the Division of Criminal Justice would identify the inmate Solomon smuggled the contraband for last year.

Peter Aseltine, spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said the inmate has not been charged.

He would not comment on how the drugs or syringe were brought into the prison, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Solomon started working at Southern State in March 2001 and has been suspended without pay since April 2009.

The prison, which holds about 2,000 inmates in dormitory-style housing, is a medium-security prison located in Delmont in Cumberland County.

Corrections spokeswoman Danielle Hunter declined to comment on the investigation.

Last year the department fired 78 officers for infractions including possessing drugs and failing drug tests, as well as for simply not showing up to work, according to records and officials

source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/nj_corrections_officer_pleads.html

NJ prison worker accused of having sex with inmate

RAHWAY, N.J. – A New Jersey prison employee is behind bars, charged with having sex with an inmate.

Michael Hawthorne has taught inmates cooking skills at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway since 2001. That’s the same prison where inmates have conducted the “Scared Straight” program for youngsters since 1976.

Hawthorne is accused of having a sexual relationship with the 28-year-old inmate in April and May and giving him a cell phone.

The 45-year-old Newark resident is suspended without pay and held on $100,000 bail.

Individuals in an official or supervisory capacity are prohibited from engaging in sexual activity with prisoners in New Jersey.

source: http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/new_jersey/20090529_ap_njprisonworkeraccusedofhavingsexwithinmate.html

2nd Morris corrections officer arrested, this one sought cash for special treatment

A Morris County corrections officer has been charged with official misconduct for giving special treatment to a jail inmate in return for money.

Lee C. Maimone, 42, of Mount Olive, was charged with second-degree official misconduct for allegedly providing “unauthorized treatment” to the inmate in return for approximately $60,000. Continue reading

Corrections officer commits homicide, suicide and dogicide

PEMBERTON TWP. — A 15-year veteran corrections officer at New Jersey State Prison shot and

killed his wife, then his dog and then himself Wednesday inside their home here in the Browns Mills section.

Police identified him as Victor Segui-Cordero, 59. His wife was named Nelda Segui, also 59. Their

bodies were found by their son, Erick X. Segui of Browns Mills, who called police to their home in the

300 block of Lakeview Boulevard at 9:25 p.m.

“The preliminary police investigation revealed that Victor Segui-Cordero shot his wife and the family

dog then turned the gun on himself,” township police Detective Lt. Ronald Kreig said. “The weapon

and a handwritten note were collected at the scene confirming what had taken place.”

Authorities wouldn’t comment on the contents of the suicide note. Locals contacted Wednesday night

said they didn’t know happened but assumed a major homicide investigation was under way.

“There’s so many police cars over there and helicopters in the sky,” a woman who lives around the

block on Auburn Avenue said an hour after police converged here to probe the homicide-suicide.

“I’m just sad something like this happened. This is really scary. This is a really quiet neighborhood. You

have kids stealing bikes and stuff like that, but nothing like this.”

Authorities wouldn’t discuss why Segui-Cordero went on his rampage. “We’re not aware of any

difficulty he had,” said Deirdre Fedkenheuer, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of

Corrections. “It’s just a tragic situation.”

She said Segui-Cordero earned $72,000 as a senior corrections officer. He first started in state employ

as a human services assistant April 6, 1992, and came to the DOC on Oct. 2, 1993, as a corrections

officer recruit.

His union, PBA Local 105, had no comment, but a member who answered the phone yesterday said,

“It’s kind of tough to talk about it. The family is still grieving right now.”

According to

reunion.com, Victor Segui-Cordero previously lived in Silver Spring, Md., Yukon,Okla., and Trenton, before buying the house in Browns Mills in 1998.

source: http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2008/10/24/news/doc49014db160b58991872612.txt

Hudson County corrections officer gets 5 years for trying to smuggle drugs into jail

A former Hudson County corrections officer was sentenced to five years in prison this morning after pleading guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute for attempting to smuggle marijuana and heroin into the county jail.

“I’m just very sorry,” said Mark Anthony Figueroa, 32, of Bayonne, before being sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan, who snapped back, “Very sorry? You ruined your life . . . You took an oath.”

After the sentencing one of Figueroa’s family members began hyperventilating and had to be held up by two people in the courthouse hallway as she repeated, “I hate you. I hate you,” but seemed to switch to “I love you.”

Callahan said he would have sentenced Figueroa to 20 years in prison if he had been convicted on all the charges he originally faced, which included seven drug counts, attempted official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.

Figueroa, who was arrested in October near Lincoln Park, eventually struck a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty in July to drug possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Pete Stoma said.

The corrections officer allegedly bought marijuana from an undercover detective and it was believed the pot was to be smuggled into the Hudson County jail in Kearny, officials said. After the arrest, police recovered the marijuana, as well as additional pot in a blue balloon and three glassine envelopes containing heroin, officials said.

Figueroa’s 6-year-old child was with him when he made the drug deal, officials said. As part of the sentence, Figueroa can never again hold public employment.

“He was the bread winner for his family and he really did a remarkably stupid thing,” said Figueroa’s attorney, Dennis McAlevy. “He has forfeited his job and all the perks that go with it. He has dishonored his shield and his job.”

But McAlevy did ask Callahan to be as lenient as he could, saying “I think my client is for the most part a good family person.”

Stoma asked the judge to “send a message to anyone else who might consider doing what Mr. Figueroa did.”

Figueroa was led from the defense table in handcuffs. For his own safety, Callahan ordered that Figueroa be housed some place other than in the Hudson County jail until he is transferred to state prison.

Callahan’s sentence does not include a minimum amount of time Figueroa must serve before becoming eligible for parole.



Drug-dealing corrections officer to be sentenced Thursday

Mark Anthony Figueroa


A Hudson County Department of Corrections officer faces up to five years in prison and will be barred forever from public employment when he is sentenced Thursday for dealing drugs, officials said.

Mark Anthony Figueroa, 32, of Bayonne, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. by Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan under a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.

Figueroa, who was arrested in October, faces up to five years in prison, with no minimum amount of time he must serve before becoming eligible for parole, DeFazio said. Figueroa pleaded guilty on July 8.

The corrections officer allegedly bought marijuana from an undercover detective and it was believed the pot was to be smuggled into the Hudson County jail in Kearny, officials said at the time. Police also found additional pot in a blue balloon, as well as three glassine envelopes containing heroin, officials said.

Figueroa was originally charged with six more drug counts, officials said, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse, for allegedly having his 6-year-old child with him when he made the drug deal.

Figueroa had been a county corrections officer seven years, Hudson County Department of Corrections Director Oscar Aviles said at the time.



2 employees admit smuggling contraband into Union County jail

A janitor and a corrections officer have admitted in an Elizabeth courtroom that they smuggled cigarettes into the Union County jail for inmates.

The janitor, Joseph Pecoraro, 37, also admitted Tuesday to supplying a cell phone to one inmate, convicted murderer Jeremy Watson.

As part of a plea bargain with county prosecutors, corrections officer Stephen Matthews and Pecoraro will get probation, lose their jobs and be banned from working in the public sector.

The conspiracy to smuggle the contraband into the jail began in April 2007. Investigators caught the men through surveillance and intense monitoring, Assistant Union County Prosecutor William Kolano said.

What the investigation revealed was an operation where Matthews, a corrections officer for 17 years and Pecoraro, a county employee for nine years, were accepting bribes in exchange for inmate access to the tobacco and the cell phone.

Watson was allegedly the point man inside the jail, according to the indictment handed down in March. The indictment said Watson’s girlfriend paid $560 in bribes to Matthews and $200 to Pecoraro on “numerous” occasions.

source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/08/2_union_county_employees_admit.html