Warden of Prison Where Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Served Time Questioned By FBI

Federal investigations questioned the warden of the Federal Correctional Institution at Dublin where actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman served time, the Associated Press reported.

The actresses were there for their involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal. Publishing heir Patty Hearst and Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss were also inmates of FCI Dublin.

It wasn't made clear if this investigation was connected to last month's arrest of a former correctional officer for allegedly sexually abusing inmates. Documents pertaining to Thursday's search are still sealed and the FBI said it wasn't able to provide details about the case.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

FBI Investigates Warden of FCI Dublin
The FBI questioned and searched the office of the warden of FCI Dublin where actress Lori Loughlin served her time for college admissions bribery. Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston Federal Court house after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019. Joseph Prezioso/Getty Images

In a statement, an FBI spokesperson confirmed agents "conducted court authorized law enforcement activity" at the low-security Bay Area prison.

Thursday's law enforcement activity at FCI Dublin is the latest cloud over the federal prison system, which has been plagued by rampant staffing shortages, suicides and security breaches after struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19 last year.

People familiar with the matter said federal investigators questioned warden R.J. Garcia, and FBI agents were seen searching his office and vehicle early Thursday. No arrests were made.

The people were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Messages seeking comment were left with the federal Bureau of Prisons and the main office at FCI Dublin. The person who answered the phone at the prison said the warden wasn't immediately available.

FCI Dublin, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Oakland, opened in 1974, and was converted to an all-female facility in 2012. One of five all-women prisons in the federal system, it currently houses about 750 inmates.

Last month, former FCI Dublin correctional officer and recycling technician Ross Klinger was arrested on charges he abused his authority and coerced two inmates into sexual activity. According to prosecutors, Klinger, 36, told the inmates he wanted to marry them and father their children. He also gave them money and gifts, prosecutors said.

Klinger was released to home confinement and is scheduled for a status hearing in September. Klinger's lawyer declined to comment Thursday.

The AP reported last month that senior Biden administration officials were discussing whether to remove Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal, a holdover from the Trump administration who has been at the center of the agency's myriad crises. He remains on the job.

Nearly one-third of correctional officer jobs in the federal prison system are vacant, forcing prisons to use cooks, teachers, nurses and other workers to guard inmates.

And over the past 18 months, 29 prisoners have escaped from federal lockups across the U.S., with nearly half not caught. At some institutions, doors are left unlocked, security cameras are broken, and officials sometimes don't notice an inmate is missing for hours.

FBI Investigates Warden of FCI Dublin
Federal investigators have questioned the warden of the federal women's prison in California and searched his office. It comes weeks after a former correctional officer at the facility was arrested on charges of sexually abusing inmates. In this July 20, 2006, file photo, the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Ben Margot/Associated Press