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Salem County Correctional Officer Admits Accepting Bribe

Salem County

A correctional officer at the Salem County Correctional Facility today admitted accepting a bribe in exchange for agreeing to smuggle a telephone into the jail for a prisoner, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Marcus Kidd, 36, of Elmer, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with attempted extortion under color of official right.

According to documents filed in this and other cases and statements made in court:

In May 2022, Kidd agreed with a federal pretrial detainee housed at the Salem County Correctional Facility to smuggle a phone into the jail and provide the phone to the detainee in exchange for a $5,000 bribe. 

Kidd met with an associate of the detainee at a parking lot in Elmer and accepted $5,000 in cash and a cell phone.