Smuggling cell phones in facilities done by a former correctional officer in exchange for accepting bribes, is now part of a criminal investigation.
In a statement from the U.S. Dept. of Justice on Thursday, Stephen Joseph Crittenden, 43, of Suisun City, has been indicted on two counts of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. According to court documents, in 2021 and 2022, Crittenden was working as a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) correctional officer at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville when he allegedly accepted bribes to smuggle cellphones into the facility.
There isn't detail specifically on how many phones were smuggled into the facility, but if Crittenden were to be convicted, sentencing can be up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Crittenden is currently being held, without bail, at the Sacramento County Jail. His next court appearance is not listed.
The FBI and CDCR worked in tandem on the investigation, the department says.