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Former prison inmate arrested after sneaking back into jail

By Mason White 6:13 AM March 6, 2013
Matthew Matagrano 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with impersonating an official related charges after sneaking back into jail after he was released, according to court proceedings in New York.

Most people who have done time in prison could not wait for the day they can walk free. But this week, authorities in the city of New York accused a former inmate of sneaking back inside.

Yonkers resident, Matthew Matagrano, 36, was charged Saturday in Manhattan on charges that he impersonated a Department of Corrections investigator.

Authorities said that Matagrano, used false credentials to enter several city jail, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center, where the mingled with the prisoners for hours.

Investigators said that the case was still under investigation, but some of the allegations were detailed in a criminal complaint describing Matagrano’s entry into jail in Manhattan on Thursday.

When Matagrano was questioned by police he admitted that one day around 3:30 pm he displayed a gold shield and claimed to be an investigator of the department’s intelligence unit.

According to the complaint, he stayed until 11:00 pm, giving out cigarettes and smoking with prisoners in several areas. He is also accused of stealing a radio from an office while inside.

Surveillance cameras recorded video of Matagrano during the visit, according to the criminal complaint.
It was unclear if or when Matagrano would face similar charges for entry into other city jails.

A spokesperson for the Bronx district attorney’s office, which often deals with cases involving crimes committed in Rikers Island, said Saturday he had no information about the case.

Matagrano has a criminal history that includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse. He is on the state registry of sex offenders.

A judge set bail of $50,000 for Matagrano. He also faces charges of theft, possession of forged instrument and promoting prison contraband. He is due back in court on Wednesday.

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