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L.A. County Deputy Cooperates With Feds on Jail Probe

January 15, 2012  | 

Federal prosecutors filed their first criminal charge in the ongoing investigation of deputy misconduct in the Los Angeles County jails, saying that an ex-guard has agreed to plead guilty to felony bribery and is cooperating with the FBI.

The case involves former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Michel, who admitted smuggling a cellphone and other contraband into Men's Central Jail last year for an inmate who promised him a total of $20,000. Michel, 38, didn't know that the inmate was an informant helping the FBI and that the person who eventually handed him money was an undercover agent, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The sheriff's department has acknowledged that Deputy Michel has implicated several other jailers in "improper" uses of force against inmates.


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