Guard charged in inmate bribery case


Associated Press

NEW YORK

A federal prison guard has been charged with taking bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food into a Manhattan lockup.

Allegations against Victor Casado are consistent with a Turkish gold trader’s testimony that a guard gave him special privileges while he awaited trial in a case that rattled relations between Turkey and the United States.

A lawyer for Casado agreed that Reza Zarrab is one of two inmates described in court papers. Zarrab pleaded guilty and cooperated, telling a jury he helped Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions with billions of dollars in proceeds from oil and gas sales.

During his testimony, Zarrab described bribing a prison guard with $45,000 to obtain alcohol and cellphones. Casado is charged with accepting more than $45,000 in bribes. His lawyer declined comment on the charges.

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