Prison Worker Arrested for Smuggling Cell Phones: FBI

Employee smuggled cell phones and tobacco products

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011  |  Updated 6:49 AM PDT
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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.
 

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