Two reports critical of the Marion Correctional Institution were released Tuesday by the Ohio Inspector General.
According to a release, an investigation regarding staff members discovering operable computers hidden in the ceiling of the facility was conducted with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Department of Administrative Services. It was determined that the computers were being used by an inmate to steal the identity of another inmate to submit credit card applications and commit tax fraud as well as to create security clearance passes for inmates to gain access to restricted areas and download hacking tools that could be used in network attacks. The Ohio Inspector General found wrongdoing due to lax inmate supervision that allowed inmates the ability to build computers and eventually connect them to the prison’s network. That report will be turned over to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Ethics Commission for consideration.
n addition, an investigation focused on the circumstances surrounding the execution of a contract and the transfer between vendors. The Inspector General found wrongdoing for violating policy to follow competitive bidding. The report will be provided to the Ohio Auditor’s Office for further review.