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Federal prison guard won’t get jail in cigarette smuggling

May 14, 2022 GMT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors have agreed not to seek prison time for a guard charged with smuggling cigarettes into a federal prison in South Carolina as long as he pays back around $100,000, according to court documents.

Phillip Orlando Coleman will plead guilty to one count of public official accepting a bribe, according to court documents obtained by The Index Journal of Greenwood.

Coleman smuggled cigarettes into the Edgefield Federal Correctional Institution for five months last year, prosecutors said,

Court documents didn’t say how much Coleman was paid for the contraband cigarettes, but he will be ordered to give up more than $102,000 and two rifles under the plea agreement.

In exchange, prosecutors said they will not seek prison time.