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Former prison guard gets probation in bribe case

A former state corrections officer will spend five years on probation after he admitted he was paid to smuggle a cell phone to an inmate where he worked.

Chad Lindner, 27, of Silver Creek pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in June to receiving a bribe – $200 – from a woman to take the phone to a man from North Collins who was being held in the Collins Correctional Facility.

Corrections investigators caught word of the arrangement and arrested Lindner after he picked up the money from the inmate’s girlfriend late last November. Lindner resigned from his job as part of the plea agreement. His attorney noted Lindner had no prior criminal record and Justice Penny M. Wolfgang agreed probation was appropriate.

Cell phones are considered dangerous contraband and inmates are not allowed to have them.

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