FEDERAL INMATE PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBING PRISON GUARD
On October 7, 2011, a federal prisoner housed at FCI Greenville pled guilty to bribing a U.S. Bureau of Prisons guard to smuggle contraband, including tobacco, into the prison, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Khalat Jamal Alama, 26, originally of Lincoln, Nebraska, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Bribe a Federal Official and Bribery of a Federal Official. The bribery charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. The conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Sentencing has been scheduled for January 26, 2012. Alama is presently serving a 188 month sentence for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and faces additional prison time as a result of these convictions.
The indictment alleged that from October, 2009 - May, 2011, that Alama arranged for individuals outside of the prison to pay Correctional Officer Druex M. Perkins for smuggling contraband to Alama inside of the prison. Alama then resold the items for profit inside of FCI Greenville. The scheme was interrupted on May 14, 2011, when agents caught Perkins in possession of 60 cigarettes hidden inside of the crotch area of his pants that were intended for Alama after Perkins had accepted a $2,000 payment.
Perkins pled guilty on September 15, 2011, to one count of Bribery by a Federal Official, two counts of Honest Services Wire Fraud, and two counts of Making False Statements to the FBI. Perkins is scheduled for sentencing on December 22, 2011.
The case was investigated by the Metro East Public Corruption Task force and agents of the FCI Greenville Special Investigations Office, Internal Revenue Service, US Postal Inspection Service, US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, Illinois State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.