Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix

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Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix
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Location New Hanover Township,
Burlington County, New Jersey
Coordinates 39°59′54″N 74°36′49″W / 39.9984°N 74.6137°W / 39.9984; -74.6137Coordinates: 39°59′54″N 74°36′49″W / 39.9984°N 74.6137°W / 39.9984; -74.6137
Status Operational
Security class Low-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population 4,250 (420 in prison camp)
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Warden Donna Zickefoose

The Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix (FCI Fort Dix) is a low-security United States federal prison for male offenders in New Jersey. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. A satellite prison camp houses minimum-security male inmates.

FCI Fort Dix is located in Burlington County on the Fort Dix/McGuire Air Force Base military installation. It is approximately 40 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] Fort Dix is the largest single federal prison in the United States by number of inmates.[2]

Notable incidents[edit]

Identity theft ring[edit]

In early 2010, a joint FBI and Federal Bureau of Prisons investigation found that Dimorio McDowell, an inmate at FCI Fort Dix, was operating a major identity theft ring from the prison. Eight co-conspirators, who McDowell communicated with by telephone, were also arrested. The ring targeted credit cards issued by major chain stores such as Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Staples, Home Depot, Lowes and others. McDowell and his co-conspirators obtained the personal information of credit card holders through customer service departments and added themselves as authorized users. When McDowell's co-conspirators went to make purchases, they showed false identification or provided the last four digits of the cardholder's Social Security number and charged high-end items such as a John Deere tractor, big-screen televisions, snow blowers and stoves. The companies that issued the cards, including Citigroup Financial, HSBC and GE Capital, lost between $500,000 to $1 million.[3]

McDowell subsequently pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and was sentenced to 14 additional years in prison on January 18, 2011.[4] McDowell is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Terre Haute in Indiana, which has a Communication Management Unit, where inmate contact with the outside world is severely restricted and tightly monitored. He is scheduled for release in 2027.[5]

Inmate death[edit]

On November 4, 2010, David Besaw, a 27-year-old FCI Fort Dix inmate serving a sentence for possession of child pornography, was sleeping when his cellmate, who the Bureau of Prisons only identified as "F.F.," punched the back of Besaw's bunk, waking him up. An argument ensued, after which F.F. left the cell. Besaw followed F.F. into a nearby stairwell and deliberately pushed him from behind, causing him to fall down the stairs. F.F. died as a result of the injuries he suffered. Besaw pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on April 3, 2012.[6][7] Six months later, Besaw was sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison.[8] Besaw was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg Medium, a medium-security facility in Virginia, and was scheduled for release in 2021,[9] but he died on October 14, 2014 at the age of 30. [10]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

High-profile inmates[edit]

Inmate name Register number Status Details
George Jung 19225-004 Released from custody in 2014; served 19 years.[11] Drug trafficker and former partner of drug kingpin Carlos Lehder; directed the shipment of thousands of tons of narcotics into the US in the 1970s and 1980s; pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 1995; portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2001 film Blow.[12][13]
Richard Goldberg 14321-052 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2024. Serial child molester and FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive until his capture in 2007; pleaded guilty in 2007 to producing child pornography, including images of himself engaging in sexual acts with underage girls.[14][15]


Inmate name Register number Status Details
Buddy Cianci 05000-070 Released from custody in 2007 after serving 4 years. Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 1975 to 1984 and 1991 to 2002; convicted in 2002 of racketeering for accepting bribes in exchange for city jobs from 1991 to 1999.[16][17]
Carl Kruger 64828-054 Serving a 7-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018. New York State Senator from 1994 to 2011; pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and bribery for accepting over $500,000 from a lobbyist in return for official favors.[18][19][20]


Inmate name Register number Status Details
Martin Frankel 14142-014 Serving a 17-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2015. Pleaded guilty to racketeering and fraud for siphoning over $200 million from insurance premiums paid to companies he controlled in the 1990s. Frankel's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[21][22][23]
Nicholas Cosmo 49193-053 Serving a 25-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2031. Pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing over $365 million from thousands of investors during a 5-year Ponzi scheme; known as the "Mini-Madoff;" Cosmo's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[24][25]


Inmate name Register number Status Details
Casey Fury 07480-036 Serving a 17-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2027. Former worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine; pleaded guilty to arson for setting fire to the nuclear submarine USS Miami in 2012, injuring five firefighters and two sailors and causing $400 million in damage.[26]
Emanuel Nicolescu 42971-424 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2028. Convicted in 2012 of attempted extortion in connection with a high-profile 2007 home invasion, during which he injected a wealthy socialite with what he claimed was a lethal virus and demanded $8.5 million in return for an antidote.[27][28][29]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Hanley, Robert (1992-08-30). "Fort Dix May Become Federal Prison". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Cruz, Alicia (April 3, 2010). "Dimorio McDowell accused of running major credit card scam from New Jersey prison cell". newjerseynewsroom.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Inmate Who Ran a Quarter-Million-Dollar Identity Theft Ring from Inside Federal Prison Receives an Additional 14.5 Years in Prison". Federal Bureau of Investigation. January 18, 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
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  6. ^ "FBI — Fort Dix Inmate Pleads Guilty in Death of Another Inmate". Fbi.gov. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
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  9. ^ "Inmate Locator: David Besaw". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?pid=172829732
  11. ^ Associated Press (June 5, 2014). "Drug informant George Jung, portrayed in 'Blow,' released from prison". Fox News. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Drug Enforcement Administration: 1975-1980". Drug Enforcement Administration. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Woodford, Ryan. "George Jung". Free Info Society. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/press/2007/09-21-07.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/convictions-upheld-in-massive-976598.html
  16. ^ Pam Belluck (2002-09-07). "A Sentence for Corruption Ends an Era in Providence - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  17. ^ Zezima, Katherine (2002-11-28). "National Briefing | New England: Rhode Island: Providence Mayor's Plea Rejected - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  18. ^ "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea Of New York State Senator Carl Kruger In Bribery Schemes Involving Nearly Half A Million Dollars" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  19. ^ Rashbaum, William K. (2011-12-20). "Senator Carl Kruger Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case". Brooklyn (NYC);New York State;New York City: NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  20. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (2012-04-26). "Carl Kruger Sentenced to Seven Years in Corruption Case". New York State: NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  21. ^ PAUL ZIELBAUER. Published: May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16). "After Years of High Life, Swindler Pleads Guilty - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  22. ^ Alison Leigh Cowan (2004-12-11). "Onetime Fugitive Gets 17 Years for Looting Insurers". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  23. ^ "American Greed - The Martin Frankel Case". CNBC. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  24. ^ Berman, Jillian (2011-10-14). "Nicholas Cosmo, 'Mini Madoff' Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Ponzi Scheme". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  25. ^ "American Greed: The $400 Million Rip-Off". CNBC. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  26. ^ Boyette, Chris (March 16, 2013). "Shipyard worker sentenced to 17 years for $400 million submarine fire". CNN. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  27. ^ "Butler Sentenced to 20 Years for Extortion". NBC. 
  28. ^ Mahony, Edmund H. (August 18, 2012). "Ex-Butler Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For $8.5 Million Extortion". Hartford Courant. 
  29. ^ "New York Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Role in 2007 Connecticut Home Invasion". Federal Bureau of Investigation.