Three Pa. prison guards charged in electronics ring

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 29, 2016 9:52 AM

(Waynesburg) -- Three guards at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania have been charged with selling illegal electronics to inmates that one employee likened to "Rent-a-Center.'' 

Inmates at the prison based in Waynesburg, Greene County can buy televisions, radios and other items through the prison's commissary or other approved vendors.

But they're not allowed to buy the items from other sources. 

State corrections investigators say the guards recycled items from "hot trash,'' which are electronics seized from inmates or left behind by those who are freed.

Those items are supposed to be destroyed. 

Instead, the guards changed the inmate numbers on the items and charged the inmates fees for that work, then fudged computer records to cover up the illegal transactions. 

State prison officials haven't commented on the charges.

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