Former Mastro Auctions executive Doug Allen began serving his federal prison sentence on Tuesday.
Allen, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with shill bidding and other illegal activity that took place inside the Chicago-based company over a period of several years, is in the Federal Correctional Institution at Morgantown, WV. FCI Morgantown is an all-male minimum security facility for approximately 1,300 inmates. The average sentence length is 60 months.
Allen was sentenced to 57 months but if he qualifies for “good time”, he could shave about nine months off that sentence and be released June 30, 2020.
Allen’s attorneys had asked Judge Ronald Guzman to recommend he be housed closer to family members in the Midwest, but Guzman refused. Company founder Bill Mastro, serving a 20-month federal sentence, was sent to a prison camp in Pekin, IL.
The 52-year-old Allen had never been in trouble with the law before but was given a much harsher sentence than Mastro after tipping off another subject about a pending visit from the FBI while wearing a recording device as he supposedly cooperated with federal investigators.
While in a dormitory type setting rather than a traditional prison cell, it’ll be a stark change for Allen.
On Monday through Friday, inmates are awakened via public address message at 6:15 AM. According to the facility’s handbook, Inmates are responsible for making their bed and cleaning their living area by 7:30. On the weekends and federal holidays, inmates are to have their area clean and their bed made by 7:30 AM, after which they may lie on top of their bed. The institution staff conducts at least five inmate population counts each day when he’ll have to be in place.
All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment while in federal custody. All job assignments are controlled through a performance pay system, which provides a limited monetary payment for work. Food Service, Unit Orderly, Education Tutor, Landscape and Maintenance Shop are a few of the work assignments available. The pay, usually no more than $20 per month, can be spent at the prison commissary.
Allen will be able to send and receive mail, have visitors, make occasional phone calls and have access to recreatioin, library services and materials and can also volunteer to assist others. However, inmates must also adhere to a fairly strict set of rules and regulations and wear a prison uniform at all times.
Among other inmates currently at Morgantown are former Congressman Rick Renzi and former Charlotte, NC mayor Patrick Cannon.
Update: As of April 2018, Allen was listed in the federal prison inmate record locator as now being incarcerated at a minimum security prison in Yankton, SD following a brief stay at the federal correctional facility in Pekin, IL. He is eligible for release on June 30, 2019.