FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 22, 2013
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Former Corrections Officer Sentenced to Home Detention
On Bribery Charge
Contract Employee Took Cash to Smuggle Items
Into D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility
WASHINGTON – Daishawn Goodson, a former corrections officer, was sentenced today to eight months home detention for accepting money to bring contraband into a District of Columbia correctional facility, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
Goodson, 26, pled guilty in December 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was sentenced by the Honorable Beryl A. Howell. She also received two years of probation. In addition, Goodson has agreed to a $1,000 forfeiture judgment.
According to the government’s evidence, Goodson was employed by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) as a corrections officer at the District’s Correctional Treatment Facility. CCA, a private company, has a contract to provide services to the D.C. Jail. In January 2012, Goodson made a telephone call to a person who she believed was an associate of an inmate. In fact, that person was an undercover agent with the FBI. During the call, Goodson agreed to smuggle a computer thumb drive to an inmate at the corrections facility in return for cash.
Goodson met the undercover agent on Jan. 10, 2012 near the Eastern Market. Goodson agreed to bring the thumb drive and $100 to the inmate in return for $400. The undercover agent handed Goodson the thumb drive and $500. On Jan. 18, 2012, Goodson and the undercover agent had another meeting near Eastern Market and discussed the fact that the first attempt to smuggle the thumb drive and currency into the facility went well. Goodson agreed to smuggle another computer thumb drive and $100 into the facility in return for $400. Once again, the undercover agent gave Goodson a thumb drive and money. Goodson left the meeting and was subsequently arrested.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and Assistant Director in Charge Parlave commended the work of the agents who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the District of Columbia Department of Corrections Office of Investigative Services. Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Nicole Wattelet and Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth B. Waxman, who prosecuted the case.