A Georgia prisoner has been charged after he was allegedly caught live-streaming and posting photos to social media from inside his cell, according to federal officials.
In one photo, authorities say, inmate Brian Wilson posted a photo of himself holding a cellphone. The incident allegedly happened between May and July.
He is now charged with possessing a contraband cellphone. The FBI and the Bureau of Prisons are investigating.
Wilson has been serving time in Atlanta's U.S. Penitentiary for possession of a stolen firearm. He's scheduled to be released in 2022.
U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said the increase in the number of cellphones in federal prisons has reached "epidemic proportions," issuing a warning to prisoners.
"Inmates tempted to use a phone in Atlanta's federal prison — when we catch you using a cellphone from prison, it will equal more cell time in prison," he said in a statement.
Chis Hacker, special agent in charge of FBI Atlanta, said the agency will continue to investigate how contraband enters federal prisons.
"Unauthorized cellphones in prisons are often used to conduct further illegal activity and can create serious security concerns," he said.