Marianna FCI officers indicted for bribery & smuggling contraband

PANAMA CITY –Two Correctional Officers at the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna (FCI-Marianna) – Steven M. Smith, 28, and Mary S. Summers, 30, both of Marianna – have been charged in separate indictments with corruption-related offenses.

The indictments were announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Smith and Summers were arraigned on their respective indictments before United States Magistrate Judge Larry Bodiford in Panama City.

The indictment charging Smith alleges that, between April and November of 2011, Smith agreed to smuggle contraband, including synthetic marijuana known as “spice,” a cellular telephone and tobacco, into FCI-Marianna and to deliver it to inmates housed there in exchange for cash and stored-value cards. For his conduct, Smith has been charged with one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official, three counts of official bribery and three counts of smuggling contraband to a federal inmate. The indictment charging Summers alleges that, June 8, 2011 and June 24, 2011, Summers smuggled contraband, including cellular telephones, tobacco, a lighter and a music player, into FCI-Marianna and delivered it to an inmate housed there in exchange for cash payments. For her conduct, Summers has been charged with two counts of official bribery and two counts of smuggling contraband to a federal inmate.

If convicted, Smith and Summers each face up to 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, disqualification from holding any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States and three years of supervised release. Trial will be scheduled in each case for August 27, 2012, before United States District Judge Richard Smoak.

This case is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Justice and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gayle Littleton.

An indictment is merely a formal charge by the grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until the government establishes their guilt at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

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