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Bribery of Public Official and Promoting Contraband 1st Degree

Date of News Release: 7/22/2004

(Kentucky State Penitentiary)- Stemming from information uncovered during an investigation by the Internal Affairs division of the Kentucky State Penitentiary, corrections officer Lance Matthews (Fredonia) was charged with one count of accepting a bribe and one count promoting contraband 1st degree. In early July, according to the ongoing investigation, Matthews allegedly accepted a bribe from a third party on behalf of an inmate at the penitentiary. Matthews then allegedly brought marijuana into the facility in exchange for the cash bribe. On July 22, 2004, during an interview with officers of the Penitentiary and Kentucky State Police, Matthews admitted accepting the bribe and bringing in a quantity of drugs. Matthews was arrested at the penitentiary and charged by the state police, and subsequently lodged in the Caldwell County jail. The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are likely.

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