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Former correctional officer pleads guilty to bribery, smuggling cellphones

A former correctional officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes to smuggle cellphones into a prison in Susanville.

Jordan Kinglee, 23, of Susanville pleaded guilty Thursday to honest service wire fraud for smuggling cell phones into prison, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Court documents indicate that, while working as a correctional officer at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, Kinglee smuggled cellphones into the prison for an inmate. A friend of the inmate, who was not in custody, paid Kinglee $8,000. As a correctional officer, Kinglee was prohibited under California law from providing cellphones to prisoners, receiving any compensation from prisoners or their representatives, and from any barter or dealings with prisoners, authorities said.

Kinglee was arrested May 12, 2015. He is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. on June 9.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Office of Internal Affairs Northern Region, and the Susanville Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy