Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jailed, Prison Workers in £100K Theft Racket

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jailed, Prison Workers in £100K Theft Racket

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A CROOK helped net thousands of pounds by selling electronic goods stolen from Forest Bank jail by prison staff. Charlie Corrigan, 27, sold the DVDs and games on Ebay during a long-running racket which netted more than £100,000.

His accomplices Carl Byron, 37, and Anthony Bradbury, 30, both worked at the Salford prison and helped themselves to thousands of items while working as security officers.

Security analyst Bradbury boasted about being 'the best thief in jail' in one text message to his boss Byron. While Byron, an anti-corruption officer, once wrote to Bradbury: "You have more deliveries than HMV here."

During the six-year scam, Byron was tasked with searching his fellow prison officers for drugs and contraband in his role in the corruption prevention team.

Both Bradbury and Byron are now serving time behind bars after admitting offences of theft and money laundering.

Corrigan, who is the brother of Bradbury's then partner, was the last of the three to be sentenced.

Unlike his accomplices, Corrigan escaped a prison term after admitting money laundering. He was instead handed a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years. He must also carry out 150 hours of community service.

Police officers began investigating Byron and Bradbury in May 2017.

The investigation revealed a series of chummy and sometimes affectionate text messages between the pair, often signed off with kisses to one another, Manchester Crown Court previously heard. In one text, Bradbury said to Byron: "We are the best team in jail and you made me from a boy to a man. The best thief in jail." The scam was operated between 2011 and 2017, with Bradbury joining in 2015.

Thousands of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, Xbox and PlayStation games had been brought into the jail as part of a legitimate prison industries contract for inmates to earn money repackaging the products. …

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