A fifty two year old man who worked as an Aboriginal Welfare Officer at Loddon Prison has been jailed for 15 months.
Lyndon Turvey was sentenced to prison for his involvement in a scheme to get illicit items to prisoners.
It was alleged that Turvey took twenty seven payments totalling over $24,000 which he used to buy inmates cigarettes, tobacco, rolling paper and lighters.
Some of the payments to Turvey were made as direct deposits into his bank account.
The court heard that even though Turvey did not personally benefit from the payments, the offending was a pattern of behaviour which occurred over a significant period of time.
Magistrate Michael King did note that Turvey was under stress at the time of the offending, however his actions had undermined the security of the prison.
Turvey, who has no prior criminal history, was sentenced for a total of fifteen months with a non-parole period of seven months. If Turvey had not plead guilty to the charges his sentence would have been twenty months.