US Attorney: CalPat dental assistant made 33k muling phones, smokes

Dec 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Cell phones, Spotlight
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David Zamudio raked in over $33k muling cellphones, tobacco and who knows what to CalPat inmates. He is a punk destined to find his true niche in federal prison.

Prison worker arrested for smuggling

By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press

An arraignment hearing is set today for a clerical worker at Calipatria State Prison who was arrested on an indictment for allegedly accepting about $33,600 from prisoners in exchange for smuggling cell phones and tobacco into the prison.

The 13-count grand jury indictment in San Diego federal court dated Dec. 15 further alleges that 28-year-old David Santos Zamudio II of El Centro allegedly schemed to defraud the state, as well as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, by instructing inmates and “persons acting on their behalf” to make wire transfer payments to him through MoneyGram and Western Union.

Zamudio was arrested Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors allege the wire fraud began in February 2009 and continued through October 2010 when Zamudio worked in the prison’s dental office.

Not only did Zamudio allegedly smuggle cell phones and tobacco products but delivered them as well by concealing the items in his person or “in his property,” according to the indictment.

It was not immediately known how long Zamudio worked at the prison but he was caught trying to bring in the items to the prison last year…(Full text at Imperial Valley Press)

Presumably Zamudio was terminated in 2010 when he was intercepted smuggling contraband even though none of the articles on the topic refer to him as a former employee.

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8 Comments to “US Attorney: CalPat dental assistant made 33k muling phones, smokes”

  1. Bottom Line is watch this go away quietly. CDC does not want negative publicity regarding any employees, be it free staff or correctional. I have seen, and I am sure most of you out there have too, the person bringing in contraband gets his hand slapped, fired and no other prosecution. I saw it personally at least three times. Maybe the Feds will buckle down and do something and CDC will follow, but I doubt it.

    • Bob Walsh says:

      I’m not sure I would bet on that. I don’t believe that CDCr (under the current administration) has any real problem with individual staff looking bad, or Correctional Officers in general looking bad. Since this guy worked for medical that may be different.

  2. Bob Walsh says:

    Looks like maybe sometimes they DO get away with it. Linked below is a news story from the CalCoastNews.com which, at the very end of the story, mentions a Correctional Officer from CMC who walked away clean after being videotaped smuggling cell phones into the prison.

    http://calcoastnews.com/2011/10/cmc-guard-guilty-of-smuggling/

    • pacovilla says:

      That is outrageous. Hopefully the DA will be shamed into prosecuting or the Feds will pick it up.

      • Centurion says:

        I actually worked a couple of shifts with Miguel (whether on over time or when I was on VR I can’t remember which). I thought at the time he was kind of a jerk….arrogant and not much of a team player. But I had no idea that he was THIS much of a jerk.

        So let’s hope SOMBODY picks it up. But even if they do….it’s only a misdeamenor, right?

    • King Wills says:

      While reading the CalCoast.com story, I noted that an Avenal CO cought 3 years for smuggling…. I’ve seen many articles in the media about the Kern County DA being hyper aggressive pursueing state prison comittments, but the outcome of the former CO’s matter shows Kern is consistent……..they aggressively press for appropriate sentences in felony matters, as all 58 counties in this state should be doing.

  3. Bob Walsh says:

    People don’t learn. Smuggling is a sure way to lose your job and land in the clink. It’s stupid and self-destructive.