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Former Victorville Prison Guard Sentenced for Accepting Bribe

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( Ignacio Adrian Sobers Jr., 31, of San Bernardino, was sentenced to six months in prison for accepting a bribe while working inside a Victorville federal prison.

Sobers was arrested by federal authorities on January 21 after receiving a $1,000 payment and a gift-wrapped package filled with contraband in a parking lot of a fast food restaurant in San Bernardino.

The contraband that Sobers received for the purpose of smuggling to the inmate included one cellular phone, three MP3 players, four pornographic magazines, and one multi-DVD set of pornographic movies. Sobers knew that inmates were prohibited from possessing these objects, stated officials.

Sobers pleaded guilty to one count of acceptance of a bribe by a public official in March.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, US District Judge Josephine L. Staton sentenced Sobers to six months in federal prison and six months of home detention for taking a bribe to smuggle contraband in to a prisoner.

“Corruption in the prison system is no small matter…. If the officer corrupts that system, the system breaks down, and the public pays for that breakdown,” Judge Staton said.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julius J. Nam of the Riverside Branch Office.

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