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Former prison guard sentenced for taking bribes, smuggling contraband for inmates

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A former federal correctional officer was sentenced Monday for accepting bribes from inmates and their associates in exchange for bringing contraband into the Federal Correctional Institution in Bennettsville.

Charlotte McLaughlin was sentenced in a Florence federal court to 13 months in prison and 3 years supervised release for bribery, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that in 2012 and 2013, McLaughlin, while serving as a federal correctional officer, accepted bribes from inmates and their associates, according to the news release. In exchange, she brought contraband, tobacco and cellphones to the inmates at the facility in Bennettsville.

“The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General,” the release states. “Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office prosecuted the case.”

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