Jail Guard Accused of Taking Bribes

Middlebury, Vermont – December 9, 2008

A former guard at the Addison County Jail is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes.

Vermont’s federal prosecutor is not naming the guard, but says the guard arranged conjugal visits for inmate Frank Sargent. Authorities say he bilked a woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and used the conjugal visits to talk her out of even more money and influence her statements to authorities.

Sargent pleaded guilty to paying the guard to arrange the visits.

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http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=9493068&nav=4QcS

Gone wrong before being a guard (lmao)

Fugitive arrested while training to be jail guard

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A New Hampshire man arrested in Vermont as a fugitive from justice was one week short of completing a five-week course to become a guard for the state Department of Corrections, officials said.

Daren Gragg, 31, was using the name of Michael Finney and had been hired to work at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, officials said.

Corrections Commissioner Rob Hofmann said Gragg’s “wholly manufactured identity” helped hide his real background.

“I find it incredible he thought he could get away with this indefinitely,” Hofmann said.

Corrections officials had used the driver’s license Gragg presented and a Social Security Number to do a background check. Officials also called the references Gragg listed, Hofmann said.

“We have to learn more about the case,” Hofmann said. “Was it identity theft or identity construction?”

Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Hughes of the Concord, N.H., office said Gragg, as Finney, had completed four weeks of training at the Vermont Corrections Academy and had one week to go.

Gragg’s wife, Toni, 36, was arrested Tuesday in Newport Center on multiple New Hampshire warrants.

Hughes said the service received a number of calls about the couple after their photos appeared Tuesday morning on the front page of the Caledonian Record newspaper, which circulates in northeastern Vermont and parts of northern New Hampshire. Officials wouldn’t say what caused them to believe the Graggs were in the area.

After his arrest, Daren Gragg was taken to the state prison in Concord, N.H. Toni Gragg is being held in Vermont as a fugitive from justice in New Hampshire.

In 1997, Daren Gragg was suspected to be leader of a Derry, N.H.-based street gang called Impact. He was jailed on charges that he beat a teenager and forced him into a cold refrigerator. The assault conviction stems from his firing a shotgun loaded at a teenager in Manchester.

Toni Gragg is wanted in southern New Hampshire on drug charges.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/V/VT_FUGITIVE_GUARD_VTOL-?SITE=RIPRJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Feds: Vermont Inmate Paid Guard to Allow Sex Visits

BURLINGTON, Vt. —  A federal grand jury has indicted an Ascutney man on charges that he paid a guard at the Addison County Jail to allow a woman to come to the jail after visiting hours for sex.

Frank Sargent faces three counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The U.S. attorney’s office for Vermont said the incidents occurred while he was at the Addison County Jail, which has a contract to house federal prisoners, while awaiting sentencing on a bankruptcy fraud conviction.

Authorities said Sargent was attempting to influence the woman, in hopes she would testify favorably to him at his upcoming sentencing hearing. He ended up being sentenced on the bankruptcy fraud charge to time served while his case was pending.

The indictment alleges Sargent told the woman to bring $300 to each of their meetings so he could pay the guard.

Court documents did not identify the guard or the woman, but said both are under investigation and charges against them are possible.

source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,373301,00.html

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