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Food worker indicted in prison phone smuggling scheme

July 20, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A food service worker at the federal prison in Danbury has been indicted on charges that he tried to smuggle phones into the prison.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric Williams of Bridgeport pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of providing contraband in prison and making false statements.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham says the phones and an electric beard trimmer were found inside Williams’ hat at the employee entrance to the prison on July 9.

Durham says Williams left the hat there when a guard came to screen him for entrance into the prison.

Williams has denied it was his hat.

Williams faces up to six years in prison if convicted of the charges.