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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Former Bastrop Federal Prison Pharmacy Technician and Two Inmates Plead Guilty to Bribery Charge

In Austin, a former Bastrop federal prison pharmacy technician and two inmates pleaded guilty to their roles in a bribery scheme to smuggle contraband into the facility announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin, 25-year-old Eric Renaldo Telles of Taylor, TX, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of a bribe by a public official; FCI-Bastrop inmates 27-year-old Shanon E. Frank and 24–year-old Mattheu Ellis Jones each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official.  According to court records, Frank and Jones admitted to bribing Telles to smuggle contraband into FCI-Bastrop from June 2014 to February 2015.  The smuggled contraband included Casio G-Shock watches, creatine, nutritional supplements and muscle shirts.  Telles collected as much as $2,000 in bribes as a result of the scheme.

Frank and Jones, who remain in federal custody, face up to five years in federal prison.  Telles, who faces up to 15 years in federal prison, remains on bond pending sentencing.  Sentencing, before United States District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, has yet to be scheduled.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Devlin.

Public Corruption
Updated May 7, 2015