Crime
2:19 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Greenville, Ill. correctional officer pleads guilty to bribery charges

A correctional officer working for the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Greenville, Ill. has pled guilty to bribery charges.

Druex M. Perkins, 26, who has worked at FCI Greenville since 2009, was convicted of the following charges according to the U.S. Department of Justice:

  • One count of Bribery by a Federal Official
  • Two counts of Honest Services Wire Fraud
  • Two counts of Making False Statements to the FBI

The Department of Justice details Perkins' alleged crimes:

The first false statement charge alleges that Perkins lied to an FBI agent when he was interviewed inside FCI Greenville. The charge alleges that Perkins falsely denied that he had brought cigarettes into the prison, when the cigarettes were in a plastic baggie hidden in Perkins’ crotch area during the interview. The second false statement charge alleges that the FBI was investigating a meeting where Perkins accepted a bribe. Perkins claimed that he went directly home after the meeting where he admittedly received cigarettes but he denied receiving any other items.

But Perkins didn't end up gaining from the bribe, the Department of Justice explains:

In truth, Perkins actually received a $2,000 cash payment during the meeting, which he took directly
to the Argosy Casino, located in Alton, Illinois, where he proceeded to gamble, and lose, all of the
bribery money that he was paid.

So, what kind of penalties does Perkins face?

  • The bribery charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
  • The honest services fraud charges are punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
  • The crime of making false statements carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release.

Sentencing for Perkins has been scheduled for December 22, 2011.