Corrections Officer, Inmate, and Alleged Supplier Charged With Bribery and Other Offenses
Defendants Accused of Operating Bribery Scheme to Smuggle Drugs to Inmates
WASHINGTON—A District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DOC) Officer, an inmate at the facility, and an alleged supplier have been charged with facilitating bribes to bring prohibited items, including drugs, into the District’s Central Detention Facility (CDF).
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division, and Tom Faust, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.
The correctional officer, Beverly Williams, 52, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was arrested today and is charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy, bribery, and smuggling. Also charged by criminal complaint with the same offenses is Andre Gregory, 31, who is currently an incarcerated inmate at CDF awaiting trial. A third individual, Keywaune McLeod, 27, of Washington, D.C., was arrested on Sept. 23, 2022. Both Williams and McLeod made their initial court appearance today before Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya. Gregory’s initial appearance is expected in the coming days.
The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The charging documents allege that Williams was involved in a months-long smuggling operation with Gregory and McLeod in which she accepted money from Gregory’s family member, McLeod, to bring prohibited items—including drugs—into the D.C. jail for Gregory to use and distribute among inmates. As alleged in the charging documents, before Williams was caught with drugs when entering CDF on Sept. 6, 2022, Gregory’s “short-term goal” was to make $100,000 in proceeds from distributing smuggled contraband in DOC.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the D.C. Department of Corrections’ Investigative Services Branch. This case is being prosecuted by the Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
A complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.