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Former Florida Prison Chief Released from Federal Prison

Former Florida Prison Chief Released from Federal Prison

For assisting prosecutors in convicting co-conspirators, a Florida federal district court reduced the prison sentence of former Florida Department of Correction (FDOC) Secretary James Crosby.

Crosby and his protégé, Allen Clark, were convicted for brokering a deal with American Institutional Services (AIS), which was owned by Eddie Duggar. Crosby and Clark were to receive kickbacks in return for fast-tracking AIS to become an FDOC vendor and for allowing it to subcontract with FDOC’s canteen vendor, Keefe Group, to run prison visitation canteen operations.

As the scandal broke, Crosby made a deal to assist in the federal probe by making a “consensual recording” of Duggar’s role in the conspiracy. Prosecutors told the court the sentence reduction was justified due to Crosby’s testimony before a grand jury that detailed Duggar’s role. Had Duggar gone to trial, Crosby would have testified.

Duggar, however, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced in January 2012, to 26 months. His associate, Joseph Deese, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, receiving a 15-month sentence.

In 2007, Crosby pleaded guilty to taking about $130,000 from AIS. He received an eight-year prison sentence. In October, 2012, the district court reduced his sentence by 15 months and placed him on home detention. He was released from the federal prison system in April 2013, and is now serving three years of supervised release


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