Prison worker accused of taking bribes to provide tobacco


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A prison employee is Lexington is accused of taking more than $22,000 in bribes to smuggle tobacco to inmates.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports that a federal grand jury indicted Michael Hardin on one count of taking bribes and one count of supplying contraband to inmates between July 2014 and Aug. 11, 2015.

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The indictment issued Thursday seeks a judgment of $22,429 against Hardin if he is convicted. That represents the amount the Federal Medical Center prison employee allegedly made from the illegal activity.

A magistrate judge issued a summons for Hardin to make his initial court appearance Oct. 26.

The bribery charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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