MARION, Ohio -- Two inmates at the Marion Correctional Institution managed to MacGyver together two computers before using them to steal another inmate’s identity, according to a report the Ohio Inspector General released on Tuesday.
The low-security facility features a program that uses inmate labor to disassemble out-of-date computers.
Investigators determined that while Scott Spriggs and Adam Johnston were unsupervised for extensive periods of time, they managed to install parts in old computers and transport them about 1,100 feet across the jail to hide them in the ceiling of a training room. They then ran cables and power cords to connect to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's network, allowing them remote Internet access from any inmate computer.
Using the password and credentials of a former Marion Correctional institution employee, Johnston obtained personal information of an inmate with a Dayton address housed at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, the report says. Johnston applied for five credit cards in that man’s name, planning to file false tax returns and have the refunds wired to those cards.
In addition, Johnston downloaded pornography and newly released movies, television shows and music for a fellow inmate, who then sold it to other inmates.
Investigators concluded that prison IT employee Gene Brady did not properly report the problem when he discovered the scheme in July 2015. CBS News reports he has been placed on paid leave.
The report says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Ethics Commission will review the findings to determine if discipline or further training is necessary.
They will respond within 60 days. Read the full report below.