- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A former prison nurse in Kentucky has been sentenced to a year behind bars for smuggling tobacco into the prison in exchange for payments from inmates.

The U.S. attorney’s office says U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced 47-year-old Michael Hardin on Wednesday for bribery of a public official. Hardin must also serve three years of supervised release and perform community service. He has repaid the money he received.

Hardin was a registered nurse at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington.

A plea agreement in the case says that from July 2014 to August 2015, Hardin smuggled tobacco into the prison for inmates, who paid him more than $22,000. The inmates sent money to Hardin through relatives and friends.

Prisoners in federal facilities aren’t allowed items such as tobacco.

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