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Ex-Alabama prison guard charged in contraband case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former corrections officer at an Alabama prison has been charged for his alleged role in a conspiracy to smuggle cell phones, drugs and other items to inmates, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

A two-count bill of information filed Wednesday in federal court charges Wilson Brian Clemons, 32, of Jasper, Alabama, with one count each of conspiracy and using a facility in interstate commerce in furtherance of an unlawful activity.

U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona of the Northern District of Alabama, in a news release, said Clemons abused his position at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility and agreed to accept bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into the prison. The charging document alleges that Clemons used a fake name to create an account with the mobile payment service Cash App so that he could accept payments from inmates and their associates anonymously, authorities said.

According to a plea agreement, Clemons has agreed to plead guilty to both counts and to forfeit the money he made from the conspiracy, the news release said. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine upon sentencing.

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