WELCH, W. Va. — A spokesman who answered the telephone at FCI McDowell Camp in Welch, W. Va., Monday afternoon would neither confirm nor deny that former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish had reported to the federal prison to begin serving a 136-month sentence for extortion, accepting bribes and making false statements.
The prison employee said simply that the official Federal Bureau of Prisons website indicated at 2 p.m. that Crish was “not in BOP custody” before abruptly hanging up the phone. By 3:30 p.m. the site continued to show that Crish was not among the prison’s population.
Crish, federal inmate number 65708-060, had been ordered to report to the minimum-security prison in southern West Virginia’s McDowell County by 1 p.m. Monday.
The male-only, medium-security prison has 1,210 inmates, according to the BOP website.
Crish, 56, was sentenced Sept. 26 in U.S. federal court in Toledo to 136 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of extortion, two counts of accepting bribes and one count of making a false statement. He was also ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to the victims in his case.
Crish had told authorities that massive gambling debts were at the root of the federal charges against him.