Trials & Litigation

High-Ranking Prison Official Charged with Seeking Bribes for Help with Discrimination Case

A high-ranking official with the New Jersey Department of Corrections has been arrested on federal bribery charges.

Among the accusations against Lydell Sherrer, 51, is that he accepted $4,000 in bribes to provide a fellow employee with internal documents to use in a discrimination lawsuit against the department, reports the Star-Ledger.

He also allegedly promised to use his influence to help the employee win a $750,000 settlement from the department.

Sherrer, who was released on $100,000 bond in the Trenton case, said only that he was “very surprised” by it. His public defender declined to comment.

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