Former inmate
‘made sneaky return to jails’

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Most jailbirds can’t wait to get out – but one former inmate stands accused of sneaking back in.

Convicted sex offender Matthew Matagrano, 36, of Yonkers, New York City, was bailed by a court in Manhattan on charges of impersonating a Department of Correction investigator.

Officials say that for at least a week Matagrano used fake credentials to get into several city lock-ups where he mingled with inmates for hours.

A criminal complaint describing Matagrano’s entry into the Manhattan jail on Thursday said that when questioned Matagrano admitted arriving at the jail at around 3.30pm and getting in by showing a gold shield and saying he was an investigator from the department’s intelligence unit.

According to the complaint, he stayed until 11pm, giving cigarettes to inmates and smoking with them in a common area.

It is not clear why he wanted to get into jails, but he had previously been caught posing as a Board of Education worker to enter two schools and rifle through student files.