Corrections officer pleads guilty to extortion

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal corrections officer at an eastern Kentucky prison has pleaded guilty to extortion in a scheme that involved smuggling tobacco products to inmates.

David Thompson, 43, of Raceland, admitted in court Friday that he received $19,600 to bring cigarettes, chewing tobacco and loose leaf rolling tobacco to inmates at Ashland FCI from Oct. 30, 2006, through Feb. 8.

Prosecutors said Thompson would bring the tobacco into the prison and pass it along to an inmate. The inmates were instructed to sell the tobacco products on his behalf, with friends and relatives of the inmates sending Thompson money as compensation.

Thompson started working at the prison in July 1990. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30.

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