Correctional Officer Guilty of Accepting Bribes and Smuggling Contraband

CLEVELAND – A Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) correctional officer pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, to accepting bribes for supplying marijuana, tobacco, and narcotics to inmates at the facility.

According to court documents, from February 2017 to July 2019, Terry Terrigno, 30, of Canfield, Ohio, maintained a post-office box and regularly received tobacco, marijuana, and Suboxone through the mail from the associates of inmates in his care.

Court records state that Terrigno then smuggled the contraband into the NEOCC and redistributed it to the inmates in his care. Terrigno received electronic bribery payments made through a mobile phone application.

In total, Terrigno received more than $8,650 in bribery payments.

This case was investigated by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) and the Cleveland FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Seabury Gould is prosecuting this case.

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