Victorville prison guard arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, smuggling contraband

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VICTORVILLE — Federal prosecutors say a prison guard has been arrested on suspicion of taking cash bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into a Southern California lockup.

The Department of Justice on Monday said Paul James Hayes II, 49, of Victorville, was a lieutenant assigned to investigate wrongdoing by inmates and guards at the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville. The 49-year-old was arrested last week and could face federal charges including accepting bribes and conspiracy.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years behind bars.

Officials say Hayes accepted a total of $40,000 in cash from the girlfriend of an inmate to bring illicit items into the prison.

The woman, 42-year-old Angel Marie Wagner of Buena Park, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and bribery.

It wasn’t immediately known if Hayes or Wagner have attorneys.