DOC: Investigator missed prison guard’s prior convictions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Department of Correction spokesman says an investigator who reviewed a former corrections officer’s application for employment missed his convictions in New York for attempted murder, robbery, burglary and kidnapping.

Doug Garrison says the investigator missed the previous convictions for 52-year-old Kwame Abdul-Haqq of Anderson because he changed his name while in prison. Abdul-Haqq was charged Wednesday in a federal indictment with defrauding the state of Indiana out of $175,000 he was paid while working from 2007 until 20015 at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

The indictment states Abdul-Haqq legally changed his name in 1993, while he was still serving his sentence in Sing Sing in Ossining, New York. He was convicted under his birth name, Robert Borum.


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