The news is out: [A former Rikers Island correction officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling tobacco and other contraband into the storied city jail complex, federal prosecutors said.
Ex-Correction Officer Joshua Alba, 30, of Queens, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
“As he has now admitted, Joshua Alba abused his authority as a correctional officer to smuggle contraband into a prison facility in return for cash bribes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.
“Contraband smuggling schemes threaten the security of our prisons and jeopardize the safety of inmates and other guards.”
According to authorities, Alba delivered tobacco and other contraband to an inmate at the Anna M. Kross Center at Rikers from December 2018 to July 2019, collecting at least $5,000 in cash bribes, officials said.
He obtained the contraband from a person in the Bronx who arranged deliveries with the inmate over the phone in recorded jail calls, prosecutors said. He’s expected to be sentenced by Judge Lorna G. Schofield.
“Keeping illegal contraband out of our jails is an ongoing challenge for corrections officers. It’s hard to imagine why an insider on the job would assist with this process, the results of which put everyone in the facility at risk,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr.
“There’s no excuse for this type of irresponsible and illegal behavior. Today’s arrest has effectively landed Alba on the other side of the law.”]
You name it and the cops do it all.