Mother of Inmate Sentenced for Facilitating Smuggling of Cellphones Into Prison

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HARRISBURG, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Aida Rosado, age 62, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on June 1, 2022, to two years of probation with the first four months on home detention by United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner, for assisting her son in smuggling cellular telephones into the Dauphin County Prison.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Rosado’s son, Danny Cruz, was an inmate in Dauphin County Prison when she, on her son’s behalf, agreed to help him smuggle cellphones into the prison. On multiple occasions between October 2015 and January 2016, she gave money and cellular telephones to Correctional Officer Kyle Bower, who then smuggled phones into the prison for her son. Correctional Officer Bower was paid hundreds of dollars for each phone.

All other participants in the conspiracy have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to smuggle phones into the prison:

  • Former Correctional Officer Bower was sentenced to two months in federal prison and two months of home detention after his release from federal prison;
  • Alice Martinez was sentenced to twelve months in prison; and
  • Danny Cruz and Lizarrah Matthews pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio is prosecuting the case.

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