Cigarettes – Just How Much Are They Worth? And, I’m Not Talking About the Boat!

According to an inmate in the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, Texas – apparently the answer to that question was – A BUNCH!

Based on information presented in court, SHAMEECK ADUNDA FILLS, age 31, accepted a bribe, and agreed to accept another bribe, in exchange for providing the inmate with tobacco, a prohibited item in prison. FILLS was employed as a Correctional Officer at the prison in 2006 when she accepted an $800.00 bribe and agreed to accept another bribe of $2000.00 in exchange for providing the inmate with tobacco.

O.K., I know that tobacco is supposed to be addictive, but based on what inmates make – that’s a lot of money for cigarettes!

FILLS was convicted of two counts of receiving a bribe and agreeing to receive a bribe from an inmate at the Federal Correctional Complex. FILLS had been previously indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on September 6th, 2007. She faces a maximum punishment of up to fifteen years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine and three years of supervised release on each count of conviction.

Every choice has a consequence! How often I say this in the blogs I write or the presentations I make. As a white collar crime and ethics speaker, I know full well the effect of choices that one can make. Having made bad choices in my past and spent time in federal prison as a result, I know that you do reap what you sow. Likewise, I understand that good choices can yield outstanding consequences.

FILLS may find that she’ll get her fill (pardon the pun) by spending time in federal prison. Perhaps during that stay, (if it happens) she’ll get a chance to explore whether the short term gain was worth the long term consequences.

Your comments welcome!

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