Prison worker accused of taking bribes to provide tobacco

A prison employee is Lexington is accused of taking more than $22,000 in bribes to smuggle tobacco to inmates.
    
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1Nbkh0q ) reports that a federal grand jury indicted Michael Hardin on one count of taking bribes and one count of supplying contraband to inmates between July 2014 and Aug. 11, 2015.
    
The indictment issued Thursday seeks a judgment of $22,429 against Hardin if he is convicted. That represents the amount the Federal Medical Center prison employee allegedly made from the illegal activity.
    
A magistrate judge issued a summons for Hardin to make his initial court appearance Oct. 26.
    
The bribery charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

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