Las Vegas woman who had a relationship with inmate on death row is charged with cell phone smuggling – Telemundo 52

SAN FRANCISCO – A prison guard and two other people have been charged with a scheme to smuggle mobile phones into the death penalty section of a California detention center, authorities said Wednesday.

Keith Christopher, a 37-year-old correctional officer from San Quentin State Prison, is charged with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud using interstate cables, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.

Isaiah Wells of Tracy, California, and Tanisa Smith-Symes of Las Vegas, Nevada face the same charges. Wells and Christopher were released on bail Wednesday, while Smith-Symes was scheduled for a court hearing Thursday in Las Vegas.

Federal prosecutors they say the three conspired to smuggle 25 mobile phones into the East Block of the prison, where convicted prisoners are held. Authorities allege that Smith-Symes had a relationship with a death row inmate.

According to the Justice Department document, Smith-Symes was working with an inmate to get the cell phones and send them to Wells, who then gave them to guard Christopher, who smuggled them into the prison. The inmate later sold cell phones inside the prison for up to $ 900.

After the sale, the Las Vegas woman then sent bribery money to people involved in smuggling cell phones to the prison.

“Cell phones create security risks for prison employees and other inmates, and state law considers them contraband and prohibits their possession by inmates,” the press release said.

The three suspects could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay $ 250,000 in fines if convicted, according to the United States District Court.


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