United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2008 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FORMER CORRECTIONS OFFICER CONVICTED OF BRIBERY
IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
(BEAUMONT, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a jury in the United States Federal Court in Beaumont, Texas, returned verdicts of guilty against a former Federal Bureau of Prisons corrections officer for receiving and agreeing to receive bribes from an inmate.
SHAMEECK ADUNDA FILLS, 31, of Port Arthur, a former Corrections Officer at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Beaumont, was convicted of two counts of receiving a bribe and agreeing to receive a bribe from an inmate at the Federal Correctional Complex. FILLS had been previously indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on September 6th, 2007. She faces a maximum punishment of up to fifteen years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine and three years of supervised release on each count of conviction.
According to information presented in court, FILLS accepted a bribe, and agreed to accept another bribe, in exchange for providing the inmate with tobacco, a prohibited item in prison. FILLS was employed as a Correctional Officer at the prison in 2006 when she accepted an $800.00 bribe and agreed to accept another bribe of $2000.00 in exchange for providing the inmate with tobacco.
The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John Craft and David Henderson. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
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