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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Former top prison officials face jail

Gainesville Sun

JACKSONVILLE - The former secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections and one of his closest associates were charged Wednesday with taking kickbacks from two companies.

Former DOC Secretary James V. Crosby was charged in federal court with accepting about $135,000 in kickbacks from a scheme involving two companies handling the sales of items to inmates. Also charged was Crosby's protege and close friend, Allen Clark, who resigned as the director of the agency's Panhandle prisons in August 2005. after Crosby learned Clark faced federal charges.

Gov. Jeb Bush forced Crosby to resign last February 2006 after being informed of federal and state investigations involving him.

Crosby and Clark signed plea agreements admitting to the charges. They and are expected to enter guilty pleas within the next week.

Eight current and former DOC employees also were arrested on Wednesday on unrelated charges involving the illegal use of inmate labor and state property.

It's the biggest blow yet in a nearly three-year state and federal investigation that has resulted in more than 20 arrests related to embezzlement, the use and distribution of steroids, the hiring of employees to play softball, and brawls involving Clark and other DOC employees.


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