Crosby Sentencing

By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

April 24

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's former prisons chief was sentenced to eight years in prison today.

Former Department of Corrections Secretary James Crosby pleaded guilty last year to taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a prison contractor.

His friend and protégé, Allen Clark, formerly a regional director for the department, also pleaded guilty last July to accepting 130-thousand dollars in kickbacks from American Institutional Services. The company sold snacks and drinks to prison visitors on weekends.

Prosecutors said Clark would accept kickbacks and delivered part of those payments to Crosby.

The kickbacks totaled as much as $12,000 a month. Clark's salary was $94,000 a year, Crosby’s 124,000.

Clark is to be sentenced tomorrow.

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