WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lenard Fleming, 33, a corrections officer with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), has been arrested and charged with bribery following an undercover investigation in which he allegedly accepted money for smuggling contraband into the District of Columbia’s Correctional Treatment Facility.
The charge was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office; and Thomas N. Faust, director of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.
Fleming was arrested by the FBI and appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance pending a hearing.
Fleming had worked for CCA as a corrections officer at the Correctional Treatment Facility. CCA, a private company, has a contract to provide services to the D.C. jail.
The arrest came nine days after another CCA corrections officer, Darren Malry, 51, was apprehended and charged with bribery in a related investigation. Malry also worked for CCA at the Correctional Treatment Facility. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the charging documents, on January 5, 2014, Fleming met with an undercover agent in the parking lot of a shopping center in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The undercover agent gave Fleming a cell phone and cigarettes for Fleming to deliver to an inmate housed at the Correctional Treatment Facility. The undercover agent also provided Fleming with $750 in cash at that meeting, which was given in exchange for Fleming smuggling the contraband into the facility and delivering it to the inmate. The FBI recovered the contraband from the inmate shortly after Fleming gave the items to the inmate.
Fleming was terminated by CCA in February 2014 following a complaint that he was smuggling contraband into the facility for another inmate.
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