ATLANTA — A corrections officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta pleaded guilty to stealing money from an inmate’s CashApp account and applying for a COVID-19 loan for a business that never existed, federal prosecutors said.
According to a news release on Friday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Andy Steven Johnson, 42, of Peachtree City, Georgia, pleaded guilty to theft by an employee of the United States and wire fraud.
According to federal prosecutors, Johnson worked at the penitentiary beginning in January 2015. In December 2018 he was assigned to the facility’s Special Investigative Services team.
His duties included conducting investigations into inmate misconduct, including the smuggling and possession of contraband.
Prosecutors saidthat on Jan. 13, 2021, Johnson allegedly seized a contraband cellphone from an inmate. Instead of processing the device, the officer opened the inmate’s CashApp account on the phone and transferred $300 to his CashApp …