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.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments are closed.