Federal Grand Jury Returns 6-Count Indictment Against Susanville Guard

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that today a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Bobby Joe Kirby, 55, of Reno, Nev., with wire fraud for taking bribes.

According to the indictment, Kirby worked as a correctional officer at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, a minimum-security facility of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The indictment alleges that Kirby used his official position to enrich himself by soliciting and accepting payments from inmates and persons acting on inmates’ behalf in exchange for smuggling tobacco and cellular telephones into the prison. Using two different aliases, Kirby directed inmates to pay him through Western Union and MoneyGram wire transfers. Between June 14, 2010 and June 17, 2011, Kirby accepted more than $15,000 from this scheme.

This case is the product of an investigation by the FBI and CDCR. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew D. Segal is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Kirby faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar NorCal Trucker says:

    In my eyes…he is guilty…if the FBI has enough on him to charge him…he is guilty…just waiting for the formality of a trial…

    • Avatar A Defendor says:

      In the eyes of the law…is is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty. And don't judge…who knows perhaps that man needed to feed his family? That doesn't make the method by which he chose to do it ok…it's illegal plain and simple…he'll have to accept responsiblity for his actions and pay the penalties.

      Did you know that CO's wages have been cut so much that some of them make less than what they were paid to attend the academy?

      If that man knows what he did is wrong and fesses up and repents he will be forgiven by his family and by God. He can learn a lesson from his mistake and go about his life.

      I just hope they don't try to make an example of him…I know for a fact that some other CO's have done the same thing and simply been terminated…not federally charged.

  2. It's to bad the FBI refuses to except and/or investigate the racketeering and corruption going on in the Shasta County Sheriffs Office. It wouldn't hurt to do the same with the Shasta County Grand Jury. I have filed complaint after complaint and nothing is done. From what I have been told by another officer is that he doesn't associate with those people and that leads me to believe there is more than one Sargent involved. Myself and my wife have been denied due process and judges and/or federal trustees have been lied to. information and/or procedures have been destroyed. I have the information and is available for the FBI and/or Federal Grand Jury. Corruption is here in Redding, why doesn't the FBI look into it and find out for them selves?????