MCALLEN–A former federal correctional office was indicted by a federal grand jury on a bribery charge after he’s accused of smuggling a cell phone.
Federal prosecutors said Jorge Luis Sandoval, 21, of Pharr took cell phone into the East Hildago Detention Center located in La Villa.
A federal grand jury in McAllen returned the one-count sealed indictment Tuesday. In it, Sandoval is charged with one count of accepting a bribe while acting under the authority of the U.S Marshals Service as a correctional officer.
The indictment was unsealed Thursday upon his arrest by federal authorities.
Sandoval worked as a corrections officer at the East Hildago Detention Center in La Villa. According to the indictment, Sandoval used his official position to enrich himself by accepting a cash payment from an individual acting on a federal inmate in exchange for smuggling a cellular telephone into the prison.
Bribery carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.