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Former Corrections Officer admits to bribery charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Eli Scott Villers, a former correctional officer at Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton, has admitted to bribery charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Villers, 29, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Bribery of Public Officials” and one count of “Bribery of Public Official.” Villers was employed by FCI Hazleton as a correctional officer during the time of the crime, from September 2018 to February 2019. Villers conspired with an inmate to smuggle in tobacco products on multiple occasions. In exchange for the tobacco products, Villers would receive cash via the use of CashApp.

Villers faces up to 15 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated May 24, 2022