Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Worth

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Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth
FCI Fort Worth.jpg
LocationFort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Security classAdministrative Security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenRodney Chandler

The Federal Medical Center (FMC) Fort Worth is an administrative-security United States federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas for male inmates of all security levels with special medical and mental health needs. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

Formerly a low-security Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), FMC Fort Worth was converted to a Federal Medical Center in early 2017.

Notable incidents[edit]

In February 2012, Michele O'Neal, a correctional officer at the facility, resigned after being charged with sexual abuse of a ward for engaging in a consensual sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility, whom the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not identify. O'Neal pleaded guilty in July and faces two to three years in federal prison when she is sentenced in October.[1]

In October 2012, inmate Phillip Monroe Ballard, 71, was charged with soliciting the murder-for-hire of U.S. District Judge John McBryde from FCI Fort Worth. The indictment alleges that Ballard, who was scheduled to go on trial for tax charges before Judge McBryde, approached another inmate about killing Judge McBryde because Ballard believed that McBryde would sentence him to 20 years in prison. The inmate reported Ballard's statement to prison officials and began working as a confidential source for the FBI. The inmate told Ballard that he knew a man on the outside who would do it, upon which Ballard offered to pay the inmate $100,000 in cash and provided him with detailed instructions, such as how it could be done with a high-powered rifle and scope, and even provided a contingency plan of planting a bomb in the judge’s vehicle to the inmate. The inmate gave Ballard a handwritten letter from an undercover agent posing as the "killer," which included contact information and notice that the "work" would be completed upon receipt of $5,000. Ballard called the undercover agent four times on September 26, 2012, and the following day, Ballard directed that the $5,000 payment be sent to the address provided by the undercover agent.[2][3][4] On March 17, 2014, Ballard was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.[5]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Michael Fortier Unlisted† Released into the Federal Witness Protection Program in 2006. Accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing; testified against co-conspirators Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols; held at FCI Fort Worth during court proceedings.[6]
Stanley Phanor 64959-004 Released from custody in 2016; served 7 years. Member of the Universal Divine Saviors religious cult; convicted of providing material support for terrorism in 2009 for his role in a foiled plot to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago. Four co-conspirators were also convicted.[7][8]

Organized crime figures[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Paul Vario 16522-053 Deceased; died in 1988 while serving a 10-year sentence. Consigliere of the Lucchese crime family in New York City; convicted of extortion in 1984. Vario was portrayed by actor Paul Sorvino in the 1990 movie Goodfellas.[9]
Vincent Gigante 26071-037 Deceased; died in 2005 while serving a 12-year sentence. Boss of the Genovese crime family from 1981 to 2005; feigned mental illness for decades to camouflage his position; convicted in 1997 of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering.[10][11]
Salvatore Merlino 04172-016 Deceased; died in 2012 while serving a 45-year sentence. Underboss for Philadelphia crime family leader Nicodemo Scarfo during the 1980s; convicted of racketeering in 1988.[12][13]

Corrupt public officials[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Gil Dozier 01326-095 Released from custody in 1986 after his sentence was commuted by President Ronald Reagan; served 4 years. Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture from 1976 to 1980; convicted of extortion and racketeering for demanding $90,000 from Louisiana businesses in exchange for receiving favorable treatment from the state.[14][15][16]
Gaston Gerald 01446-095 Released from custody in 1982; served 30 months. Former Louisiana State Senator; convicted of attempted extortion for demanding $25,000 from a construction contractor in exchange for helping the contractor avoid financial penalties; expelled from the State Senate in 1981.[17]
James McDougal 18525-009 Deceased; died in 1998 while serving a 3-year sentence. Financial partner with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in land dealings which were the subject of the Whitewater political scandal; convicted in 1997 of fraud and conspiracy.[18]
Peter MacDonald 08986-055 Released from custody in 1997 after serving 5 years. Chairman of the Navajo Nation from 1970 to 1989; convicted in 1992 of conspiracy and burglary for inciting his supporters to riot after he was suspended for corruption, leading to the deaths of two protesters.[19]
Jason R. Smith 59089-019 Served a 10-year sentence and was released on August 17, 2016. Former Atlanta Police officer; pleaded guilty in 2007 to civil rights violations in connection with the death of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, who was shot by officers enforcing a search warrant which they obtained based on false information.[20][21]
Andrew Spengler 08587-089 Currently serving a 15-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2021. Former Milwaukee police officer; convicted in 2007 of civil rights violations in connection with the 2004 knife point beating of Frank Jude, Jr.; known as the worst incident of police brutality in the city's history.[22]
Leland Yee 19629-111 Currently serving a five year sentence. Former California State Senator and gun control advocate; convicted in 2016 of charges relating to public corruption and gun trafficking.[23]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Rubin Gottesman 88085-012 Released from custody in 1997; served 1 year. Owner of X-Citement Video, a pornographic film company; convicted in 1994 of trafficking in child pornography in connection with an explicit film featuring an underage Traci Lords.[24]
Bernard Ebbers 56022-054 Currently serving a 25 year sentence due for release in 07/04/2028 CEO of failed telecommunication Worldcom.

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ Ramirez, Domingo. "Fort Worth man sentenced to 20 years for trying to hire hit man to kill judge".
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  8. ^ Loney, Jim (2009-05-12). "Miami jury finds five guilty in Sears Tower plot | Reuters". Uk.reuters.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  9. ^ MARK A. UHLIGPublished: May 05, 1988 (1988-05-05). "Paul Vario, 73; Called a Leader Of Crime Group - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  10. ^ "Daily News America - Breaking national news, video, and photos - Homepage - NY Daily News". New York: Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  11. ^ Raab, Selwyn (2005-12-19). "Vincent Gigante, Mafia Leader Who Feigned Insanity, Dies at 77". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Philadelphia mobster Salvatore 'Chuckie' Merlino dies in prison - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  13. ^ "Federal Racketeering Charges". Mafia Today. 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  14. ^ "707 F.2d 862: United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Gilbert L. Dozier, Defendant-appellant". law.justia.com. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  15. ^ "Persistence paid off for jailed Dozier", Minden Press-Herald, July 23, 1984, p. 1
  16. ^ "Bill Sherman, "Louisiana ag chiefs: past and present", July 3, 2008" (PDF). ldaf.state.la.us. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  17. ^ "Pol in the Pen". Time, June 8, 1981. June 8, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  18. ^ "James McDougal, Central Figure in Whitewater Inquiry, Dies at 57". Partners.nytimes.com. 1998-03-09. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  19. ^ Published: November 15, 1992 (1992-11-15). "Former Navajo Leader Convicted - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  20. ^ "Ex-Atlanta officers get prison time for cover-up in deadly raid - CNN.com". Articles.cnn.com. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  21. ^ "USDOJ: Three Former Atlanta Police Officers Sentenced to Prison in Fatal Shooting of Elderly Atlanta Woman". Justice.gov. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  22. ^ "#07-956: 11-29-07 Three Former Milwaukee Police Officers Sentenced on Civil Rights-related Charges". Justice.gov. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  23. ^ "Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  24. ^ "Video Porn Distributor Gets 1-Year Sentence - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1989-10-24. Retrieved 2014-01-11.

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Coordinates: 32°40′47″N 97°17′15″W / 32.67972°N 97.28750°W / 32.67972; -97.28750