By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas man who worked as a supervisor at a contractor facility that tested for drug use has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to falsify urinalysis results provided to federal probation officials.

Prosecutors said 57-year-old Billy Joe West pleaded guilty in federal court Monday and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 8.

West solicited and accepted bribes from people under federal probation supervisor in exchange for concealing positive and missed drug tests, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nevada said.

The scheme caused over 100 false reports to be made to the U.S. Probation Office which was deceived into falsely believing that people under supervision were complying with court-ordered term of their supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the office, West pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of prevention of communication of supervised release and probation violation.

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