Former sheriff’s deputy admits taking bribes to smuggle contraband into jail

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. attorney’s office says a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy will plead guilty to taking $20,000 in bribes to smuggle contraband into a downtown Los Angeles jail.
Federal prosecutors say that during an FBI sting, 38-year-old Gilbert Michel took cash in exchange for bringing a cell phone, cigarettes and a note into the Men’s Central Jail for delivery to an inmate.
He was charged Friday with bribery of a public official, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. The U.S. attorney’s office says he agreed to plead guilty and will appear in court next week. He also agreed to cooperate in an ongoing investigation.
Michel resigned from the Sheriff’s Department last September.
– From the Associated Press
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