- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A corrections officer has been charged with lying to federal investigators about a scheme to smuggle contraband into a Florida prison.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that 28-year-old Rashan L. Gibson has been arrested and charged with four counts of making false statements to federal investigators. He faces up to five years in prison on each offense.

Officials say they were contacted by an inmate at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County in May claiming that Gibson had smuggled in cigarettes to the prison in exchange for a $500 bribe. Investigators later recorded an encounter between the inmate and Gibson in which he allegedly acknowledged the initial exchange and discussed bringing in other items.

Gibson has denied the incident. He has since been released on a $25,000 bond.

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