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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Former Correctional Officer And Spouse Plead Guilty To Bribery And Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Joel Gonzalez, a former U.S. Bureau of Prisons correctional officer, and Lisa Gonzalez, his wife, have  admitted to accepting bribes from the family of an inmate in exchange for introducing contraband into the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Three Rivers, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. 

Joel Gonzalez admitted that from December 2012 through April 2014, he made arrangements to smuggle tobacco and other contraband into the FCI for an inmate in exchange for cash bribes. His wife assisted him in arranging times and locations for receiving the contraband and bribe payments. She also traveled with him from their residence in Beeville to Laredo in order to accept the items. Joel Gonzalez would then smuggle the items into the FCI on his body.

The investigation further revealed Lisa Gonzalez was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice during the orchestration of this scheme.

Sentencing has been set for Nov. 19, 2014. They were permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of the Inspector General and the FBI with assistance from Customs and Border Protection, Beeville Police Department and the Texas Rangers. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Patterson is prosecuting. 

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Updated April 30, 2015