LAKE CHARLES, La. — A woman who worked at a federal prison in Oakdale has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for receiving bribes for smuggling cell phones and tobacco into the facility.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook says 55-year-old Billie A. Holmes, of Oakdale, was sentenced last week on one count of bribery of a public official.

Hook’s office, in a news release Thursday, said Holmes worked as an education contractor for the Federal Correctional Institution at Oakdale. From September 2014 to May 2015, authorities say an inmate paid her thousands of dollars to smuggle the contraband into the prison.

During an investigation, Holmes was recorded making plans to smuggle in a cell phone and financial records show $4,200 in wire transfers to Holmes.

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