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Marion, IL woman sentenced for providing contraband to inmate

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A Marion, Illinois woman was sentenced to four months in prison for providing contraband to an inmate.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald S. Boyce in a press release, Renee D. Strauss, 42, was sentenced for providing contraband, including cell phones, to a United States Penitentiary-Marion inmate and then lying to federal investigators about her actions.

Strauss previously pleaded guilty to a four-count information charging her with committing the offenses between June 2015 and September 27, 2015.

According to Boyce, the information provided showed that while Strauss gave three cell phones and other contraband to an inmate, she was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a case manager and correctional officer at USP-Marion.

Strauss was accused of developing an improper sexual relationship with the inmate that led to her giving him the contraband.

Federal Bureau of Prisons officials learned of Strauss' misconduct and referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General for investigation.

Strauss then lied to investigators to try to cover up her giving the contraband to the inmate.

In addition to prison time, Strauss was ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $345 and was placed on a two-year term of supervised release to follow her incarceration.

As part of her guilty plea, she was also required to resign her employment with the BOP.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Cutchin.

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