Corrections Officer Arrested On Federal Bribery ChargeDefendant Accused Of Accepting Money In Return For Smuggling Contraband To Inmate
WASHINGTON – Darren Malry, 51, a corrections officer, has been arrested and charged with bribery following an undercover FBI investigation in which he allegedly accepted money for smuggling contraband into the District of Columbia’s Correctional Treatment Facility.
The charge was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Thomas N. Faust, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.
Malry was arrested by the FBI on April 21, 2014 and appeared today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He pled not guilty and was released on personal recognizance pending a hearing on May 6, 2014.
At the time of his arrest, Malry worked for the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) as a corrections officer at the Correctional Treatment Facility. CCA, a private company, has a contract to provide services to the D.C. Jail
According to the charging documents, on March 11, 2014, Malry met with an undercover FBI agent in the parking lot of a shopping center in Greenbelt, Md. The undercover agent gave Malry a cellphone, cigarettes, and rolling papers for Malry to deliver to an inmate housed at the Correctional Treatment Facility. The undercover agent also provided Malry with $750 in cash at that meeting, which was given in exchange for Malry smuggling the contraband into the facility and delivering it to the inmate. The FBI recovered the contraband from the inmate shortly after Malry gave the items to the inmate in the inmate’s jail cell.
Malry met again with the undercover FBI agent on April 21, 2014 at a restaurant in the same shopping center in Greenbelt. At that meeting, the undercover agent gave Malry cigarettes and several packages of a substance resembling marijuana. The undercover agent also provided Malry with $600 in cash, which was in exchange for Malry smuggling the contraband into facility for the same inmate. Malry subsequently was arrested.
A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with assistance from the District of Columbia Department of Corrections Office of Investigative Services. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard DiZinno, of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorneys Catherine K. Connelly and Allessandra Stewart, of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.14-093