(11/27/2013)
A former federal correctional officer at FCI in Gilmer County has been sentenced for smuggling about $40,000 worth of tobacco into prison inmates.

Jason Noel Squires, 28, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release, and Nikole Monique Watkins, 24, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

They are residents of Two Palm Bay, Florida.

They had been convicted of the felony offense of "Conspiracy to Commit Bribery of a Public Official and Aiding and Abetting Bribery of a Public Official."

Squires provided the tobacco to inmates and in exchange, the inmates arranged to have contacts outside of the prison send money to Watkins, his girlfriend, via Western Union and Postal money grams.

See related story GILMER CORRECTIONAL OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES - Officer Earned $40,000 Smuggling Tobacco To Prisoners


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