Portage man sentenced to prison in bribery case

2013-10-07T20:00:00Z 2013-10-07T20:52:04Z Portage man sentenced to prison in bribery caseElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

CHICAGO | A Portage man accused of accepting bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into a Chicago correctional facility where he worked was sentenced Monday.

Tony Henderson, 52, was given two years in prison and will have to pay a $5,000 fine, said Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois. Henderson will be placed under supervised release for one year following his time in prison.

Henderson was indicted in February on five counts of bribery, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to the charges in May.

According to a plea agreement, family members and friends of inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center would leave money in Henderson's car. In exchange for the money, Henderson would smuggle contraband such as cigarettes and food into the facility for the inmates.

He began to take bribes from inmates and their families around March 2012 and received more than $5,000 from one inmate, according to the plea agreement.

Henderson had worked at the facility as a correctional guard since 1996.

He will have to surrender himself to prison officials Jan. 14.

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