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SAN DIEGO (CN) - Federal prosecutors say a medical technician at Calipatria State Prison in the Imperial Valley made $33,600 from smuggling in contraband for prisoners.

The FBI arrested David Santos Zamudio III, of El Centro, on Tuesday. He is charged with honest services wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

"Using his official position at Calipatria State Prison, Zamudio concealed cellular telephones and tobacco products on his person or in his property, smuggled them onto the prison grounds and provided them to the inmates, contrary to CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] regulations. The indictment alleges that Zamudio received $33,600.00 between February 2009 and October 2010, via payment through MoneyGram or Western Union," prosecutors said in the statement.

Each of the 13 counts of wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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