A South Carolina corrections officer was arrested Tuesday on charges that he brought contraband into a prison in exchange for money from an inmate, according to officials.
Joshua Ezekiel Cave is charged with accepting a bribe as a public official and misconduct in office, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections. Cave had been with the department since July 2010 and was an officer at the Allendale Correctional Institution at the time of the offense.
Agents with the department received information that Cave was bringing contraband into the prison for inmate Levi Bing Jr. in exchange for money, according to warrants. The warrants do not specify what kind of contraband Cave is accused of providing.
A search of Cave’s bank accounts uncovered seven deposits labeled as “SQC* Levi,” the warrants state. A search warrant for Square Inc. found that Bing paid Cave $1,246 between September 2017 and December 2017, according to the documents.
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Bing is serving a 40-year sentence for a murder conviction in Orangeburg County, according to the Department of Corrections. He has four prior disciplinary actions: two each for possession of contraband and possession or attempt to possess a cellphone.
Cave’s arrest comes four days after the arrest of Joshua Glover, who is accused of bringing tobacco and marijuana into Lieber Correctional Institution and selling it to inmates.