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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Former Federal Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charge

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Antoine D. Clark (30, Orlando) pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with receipt of a bribe by a public official. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Clark was employed as a Corrections Officer by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, in Sumter County. Based on information from inmates at the facility, agents discovered that Clark had been smuggling tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, cell phones, and pornography into the prison. In exchange for these items, inmates had arranged for Clark to be paid by cash or wire transfers from third parties.  

Following his arrest on June 26, 2014, Clark admitted that he had smuggled contraband into the prison in exchange for bribes. He received $28,450.00 in illegal payments, all of which is being forfeited.   

This case was investigated by the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

Updated January 26, 2015