Prison chaplin sentenced for bribery, giving contraband
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal prison chaplain in New Hampshire who pleaded guilty to accepting over $52,000 in bribes for providing inmates cellphones, tobacco, drugs, and other contraband has been sentenced to a little over three years in prison.
Prosecutors said investigators seized Suboxone strips, tobacco and over $5,000 in proceeds from the office of 53-year-old Joseph Buenviaje at the federal prison in Berlin, New Hampshire, last year.
Buenviaje told investigators he had been smuggling drugs and other contraband into the prison once or twice per week.
Buenviaje also admitted that he received the contraband and some of the bribe payments by mail addressed to his ministry and repackaged it. He also received notebooks with drug-soaked pages that he smuggled into the prison.
He pleaded guilty in April.