Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville
|Location||Town of Mount Hope, Orange County,
near Otisville, New York
|Security class||Medium-security (with minimum-security prison camp)|
|Population||1,050 (115 in prison camp)|
|Managed by||Federal Bureau of Prisons|
The Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville (FCI Otisville) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates near Otisville, New York. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It also includes a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.
FCI Otisville is located in southeastern New York State, near the Pennsylvania and New Jersey borders, and 70 miles northwest of New York City. It is a quarter mile from the Otisville Correctional Facility, a medium-security state prison.
August 11, 2009, Hope Spinato, a former correction officer assigned to FCI Otisville, was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to aiding and assisting an inmate serving a 17-year drug trafficking sentence briefly escape from the facility. An FBI investigation found that Spinato became involved in a relationship with the inmate, whom the Bureau of Prisons did not identify, and drove the inmate out of the facility to her home and back on several occasions.
In popular culture
In the opening of the 2010 film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, is released after serving an eight-year sentence for insider trading and securities fraud for his actions as a corporate raider in the first movie. Although the scene was actually shot at Sing Sing state prison, Gekko mentions in the film that he served his sentence at FCI Otisville.
In the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project, Morgan Tookers, played by Ike Barinholtz, is a nurse at Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling)'s obstetric practice. As a teenager, he was incarcerated in Otisville prison for motor vehicle theft. He was hired to replace the former nurse Beverly after he fixes Mindy's broken nose. He has a tattoo across his abdomen that reads "No More Stealing Cars".
Notable inmates (current and former)
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Status||Details|
|Sholam Weiss||32610-054||Serving a life sentence.||Convicted in 2000 of fraud, racketeering and money laundering for stealing $450 million from the now-defunct Heritage Life Insurance Corporation between 1990 and 1998; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.|
|Sholom Rubashkin||10755-029||Serving a 27-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2033.||Former CEO of Agriprocessors, once the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the US; convicted of fraud for deceiving his lender, First Bank Business Capital, to receive loans totaling $26 million; the story was featured on the CNBC television show American Greed.|
|Kenneth Ira Starr||63552-054||Serving a 7-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2016.||Former financial adviser for Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese and Sylvester Stallone; pleaded guilty in 2010 to fraud and money laundering for diverting $33 million of his clients’ money to pay for personal expenses; the story was featured on the CNBC program American Greed.|
|Shahawar Siraj||63283-053||Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2030.||Pakistani citizen and New York City resident; convicted of terrorism conspiracy in 2006 for masterminding a foiled plot to bomb the 34th Street - Herald Square subway station in New York City in 2004.|
|Walter Forbes||23905-050||Serving a 12-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018.||Former Chairman of Cendant Corporation convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements for masterminding the largest accounting fraud of the 1990s; Forbes was also ordered to pay $3.275 billion in restitution.|
|Derrick Donchak||67863-067||Serving a 9-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2018.||Convicted in 2010 of civil rights violations in connection with the fatal beating of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in 2008; accomplice Brandon Piekarsky is also serving a 9-year sentence. Both were acquitted of felony charges in state court in 2009.|
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Status||Details|
|Zvonko Busic†||03941-158||Released from custody in 2008 after serving 32 years.||Member of a terrorist group seeking Croatian independence from Yugoslavia; planted a bomb at Grand Central Terminal in New York City which killed NYPD officer Brian Murray and hijacked TWA Flight 355 in 1976; briefly escaped from FCI Otisville in 1987.|
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