CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced that Michael Ford, 31, plead guilty this week to one count of misconduct of public officer, a felony, for attempting to smuggle and sell tobacco to prisoners.
Ford was previously employed as a Correctional Officer at Southern Desert Correctional Center (SDCC). In January, Department of Corrections investigators apprehended Ford at the SDCC with a large duffel bag of tobacco intended for sale to prison inmates. Ford had been offered hundreds of dollars by inmates for smuggling tobacco into the prison system, where it is considered contraband.
“Our office takes seriously any allegations of corruption by public employees,” said Masto.
Ford plead guilty before Melisa De La Garza, Clark County District Court’s arraignment hearing master. Sentencing has been set before the Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish on Oct. 22. Ford faces up to four years in prison and/or five years of supervised probation.
The case was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Jamie J. Resch, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Justice Special Prosecution Division.
Read the criminal information by visiting: http://bit.ly/Fordcriminalinformation.