A former case manager at Caledonia Correctional Institution has been named in an 11-count federal indictment which charges him with using his position as a public official to smuggle contraband into the prison located in Tillery.
Ollie Rose III was scheduled for an initial appearance in Greenville this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank, according to electronic court documents filed in the federal system.
As of this report the results of those proceedings had not been entered into the federal system.
A true bill of indictment was returned last week.
According to the indictment, Rose was a case manager working at Caledonia, where his responsibilities included supervising a caseload of inmates through supportive counseling, developing case plans, and addressing inmate questions and problems. “By virtue of his position at Caledonia, Rose was a DPS (North Carolina Department of Public Safety) employee and public official,” the indictment says. “Rose used his position to take official acts and act in violation of his lawful duty by smuggling contraband into Caledonia in exchange for payments from inmates and their associates.”
The indictment says a person named as Individual 1 held an account with Cash App, a mobile application that allows users to transfer money to one another, and remotely collected money from inmates and their associates on Rose’s behalf.
Count one of the indictment alleges from at least November of 2018 through last week, Rose knowingly and intentionally conspired with others known and unknown to the grand jury to use one or more facilities in interstate and foreign commerce with intent to promote, manage, establish, carry on and facilitate the promotion, management, establishment and carrying on, of one or more unlawful activities, to wit, bribery of officials and thereafter performed acts to promote, manage, establish, carry on and facilitate the promotion, management, establishment and carrying on, of such unlawful activity.
The purpose of the conspiracy, the indictment says, was for Rose, in exchange for payment, to use his position as a public official to take official action and act in violation of his lawful duty by smuggling contraband into Caledonia.
Manner and means
The manner and means of the conspiracy included, but were not limited to, the following:
Rose and his co-conspirators communicated with each other by cellular telephone to, among other things, set the terms of deals and schedule in-person meetings where he would obtain contraband from suppliers connected to Caledonia inmates.
The contraband he smuggled into Caledonia included, but was not limited to, marijuana, tobacco, and synthetic cannabinoids.
His co-conspirators used certain codewords in communicating with him by text message and in notes associated with money transfers to Individual l's Cash App account.
Suppliers provided contraband to Rose and he used his position as a public official to engage in official acts and act in violation of his lawful duty by bringing the contraband into Caledonia in exchange for payments;
He then delivered the contraband to the intended inmate-recipients associated with those suppliers.
Rose generally charged between approximately $500 and $1,200 to smuggle contraband into Caledonia and he received the payments in cash and via transfers to Individual l's Cash App account.
The indictment details the over acts of the conspiracy and charges the following:
On or about July 15 Rose met an individual who provided him with marijuana to smuggle into Caledonia for an inmate in exchange for payment. A relative of the inmate subsequently transferred $500 to Individual l's Cash App account around July 16.
Around the same time as the payment transfer, Rose smuggled into Caledonia and delivered to the inmate a portion of the marijuana that had been provided.
Around August 3, Rose smuggled into Caledonia and delivered to the inmate the remainder of the marijuana.
Around August 3, a contraband cellular telephone believed to be used by an inmate sent a text message to Rose instructing him to meet with the inmate's supplier.
Later that day, Rose spoke to the supplier on his cellular telephone to discuss a possible deal whereby the supplier would pay him $500 and provide pills in exchange for his agreement to smuggle contraband to the inmate.
Although Rose left Caledonia to meet with the supplier, he ultimately cancelled the deal because the supplier did not have money to pay him.
Around the same time, Rose communicated by cellular telephone with another individual to set the terms of a deal whereby he would smuggle marijuana into Caledonia for an inmate and to set a meeting location for the individual to provide the marijuana.
Rose and the individual met in person, and the individual provided him with marijuana to smuggle into Caledonia.
A day later, Rose delivered 4 ounces of marijuana to the inmate and advised him he owed him $500 for the transaction and $100 for a prior transaction. On August 13, $250 was transferred to Individual l's Cash App account on behalf of that inmate.
Around August 11, Rose met with an individual who provided him with contraband, including marijuana, to smuggle into Caledonia in exchange for $250.
The same day Rose reportedly smuggled in that contraband.
Around August 16, a cell phone believed to be used by an inmate sent Rose the following text message: “just call my ppl when u ready." The message also provided a telephone number for an associate of that inmate. ·
The following day Rose met with the associate who provided him contraband, including marijuana in exchange for approximately $1,200 in cash.
Around August 18, Rose smuggled in the contraband discussed between August 16 and 17 and arranged the delivery to the intended inmate.
Count 2 charges that around June 9, Rose obstructed and delayed justice by extortion under color of official right by smuggling into the prison for payment placebo pills he believed contained oxycodone.
This count charges Rose with attempted possession with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone around June 9.
Count 4 charges Rose with extortion under color of official right for smuggling marijuana and receiving a payment around July 15.
This count charges him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
This count also charges Rose with extortion under color of right around August 3 when it is alleged he smuggled marijuana into the prison for payment.
This count reflects possession with intent to distribute marijuana around August 3.
This is another count of extortion under color of official right and reflects that around August 11 Rose smuggled marijuana into the prison for payment.
This is another possession with intent to distribute count and reflects on August 11 Rose possessed marijuana.
This count alleges extortion under color of official and is tied to a date around August 11 in which Rose received payment for smuggling marijuana into the prison.
This count charges Rose, who court records indicate was arrested today, with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.