DANBURY, Conn. -- An employee of the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury was arrested on Friday, March 14, in connection with a bribery scheme to give an inmate early release, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Kisha Perkins, a case manager at FCI Danbury was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging her "with aiding and abetting a scheme to solicit and collect cash bribes from FCI Danbury inmates in exchange for a recommendation that inmates be released early to 'halfway houses,'" according to the release.
The announcement of the charges was made by Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut; Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Ronald G. Gardella, Special Agent-in-Charge, Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Office.
FBI agents arrested Perkins, 42, at her home in Waterbury. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was released on a $100,000 bond.
“There is no tolerance for corrupt employees within the ranks of the Justice Department,” Daly said in the release. “The allegations contained in this criminal complaint are serious and disturbing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal investigative partners are committed to rooting out corruption at all levels of Government.”
Ferrick said "plainly and simply, the FBI has zero tolerance for corruption of any kind, at any level of government,” according to the release.
“The allegations in the complaint are clearly very serious crimes," Ferrick said. "And the resulting law enforcement response to committing those crimes should be equally clear. If you put your position of trust with the government up for sale, you will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Perkins approached another FCI Danbury employee in June 2013 about "an opportunity to participate in a scheme to solicit a cash bribe from an inmate at FCI Danbury in exchange for the inmate’s early release to a halfway house," according to the release.
The charges carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.
Daly said a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Wines.