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Pennsylvania: Former BOP Warden Pleads Guilty to Cover-up

Troy Levi, the former warden of Federal Detention Center (FDC) Philadelphia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 13, 2011. Levi, 49, was charged with multiple counts of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements to federal officials.

According to the indictment, he attempted to conceal the fact that an unnamed FDC employee accidentally entered the facility with a bag containing a personal firearm, contrary to FDC rules, after coming directly from his second job as an armed security guard.

Levi encouraged the employee, who at the time was the subject of an unrelated workplace violence investigation, to falsely state that Levi had given him permission to enter the prison with the gun for the purpose of securing it in an institutional weapons locker. He also induced the employee to falsely say that the trunk lock of his vehicle was broken, to explain why he couldn’t leave the firearm in his car.

Levi further instructed the employee to obtain a receipt from an auto mechanic in Philadelphia that falsely indicated the trunk lock had been serviced, in order to cover-up his efforts to ensure the employee did not face discipline for bringing the firearm onto prison property.

Levi pleaded guilty to six federal charges in February 2012 and was sentenced on May 8, 2012. He received 4 months on home confinement, five years of probation and a $15,000 fine. During his home confinement he was allowed to work, attend religious services, attend medical appointments and meet with his attorney. He could also leave his home for 4 hours each week to “attend to personal chores and to visit family members.”
Additionally, he was ordered to perform 400 hours of community service. See: United States v. Levi, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Penn.), Case No. 2:11-cr-00516-MAM-1.

Additional source: U.S. Attorney’s Office press release

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