Prison Worker Arrested for Smuggling Cell Phones: FBI

Employee smuggled cell phones and tobacco products

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    A man accused of smuggling cell phones and cigarettes into a state prison was arrested by FBI officials Tuesday.

    David Santos Zamudio III worked as a medical office technician at Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County.

    From February 2009 until October 2010, FBI authorities believe Zamudio made $33,600 from inmates who paid for the smuggled cell phones and tobacco products.

    Zamudio, 28, was arrested early Tuesday and later charged with 13 counts of wire fraud, according to a statement released by U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy.

    Zamudio will appear in federal court in El Centro later Tuesday afternoon.

    He could serve up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 for each count of wire fraud.