Federal Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery Indictment
MIAMI, FL - Victor Manuel DeJesus, 47, of Miami-Dade County, a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Miami, pled guilty today to a 14-count indictment which included charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit bribery, bribery, and other offenses in connection with a scheme to provide contraband items to inmates at the federal prison.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office made the announcement.
According to the court record, including the federal indictment, DeJesus and others were charged with conspiring to bribe and bribing DeJesus with money in exchange for providing contraband to inmates within FCI-Miami. From at least as early as December 2018 through September 2019, inmates and those acting on their behalf supplied DeJesus with bribe payments. DeJesus then deposited these monies in his personal bank account. In exchange for these bribe payments, DeJesus used his official position to bring in prohibited items into the prison. DeJesus had inmate co-conspirators distribute the contraband in FCI-Miami.
DeJesus is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr. on April 1, 2020 (Case No. 19cr20660).
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigatory efforts of the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and FCI-Miami in this matter. She thanked the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General for their invaluable assistance. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandra L. López.