Officer Charged With Accepting Bribe
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A Mack Alford Correctional Center Officer has been charged with 10 counts of felony officer accepting a bribe.
Charges filed on Monday, October 26, 2020, stated that Correctional Officer Forrest Thomas Nowlin, 38, received a total of $4,260.00 through 10 transactions with either family members of inmates or inmates themselves.
An investigation by Agent Chris Coker, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General, uncovered transactions going back to August of 2017.
During an interview with Agent Tim Coppick, Nowlin admitted to being addicted to methamphetamine.
He told Agents the transactions were from inmate family members or associates directly linked to introducing contraband into the correctional center. Nowlin stated some of the money was used to support his drug abuse.
Nowlin is charged with ten counts of officer accepting a bribe (felony). If convicted each count carries a potential sentence of imprisonment up to ten years in the State Penitentiary, or one year in the county jail, or a fine up to $5,000, or both.
Nowlin will be required to forfeit his office, be forever disqualified to hold any public office, trust, or appointment under the laws of Oklahoma.