PALM BAY, Florida – A Brevard County corrections deputy was arrested Friday for stealing money from an inmate, according to law enforcement officials.
Felicia Brown, 29, was charged with fraud on Friday after an investigation determined she had stolen about $100 from a recently released inmate, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
When an inmate is released from the Brevard County Jail, their cash is returned to them in a form of debit card.
Brown realized another officer had made a mistake and that the monies hadn’t been returned to the inmate, the report said.
Instead of fixing the error, Brown used the money to make small purchases in the Titusville area.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the inmate reported that his money was never returned, which prompted an investigation by internal auditors where they discovered the theft.
Ivey said one officer made an honest oversight that Brown noticed and exploited. She was immediately fired after her arrest.
Brown began working for BCSO in December of 2013 and was assigned to the Brevard County Jail Complex.
Sheriff Ivey said Brown had no prior disciplinary issues during her time at the jail.
Sheriff Reviews Polices & Procedures
Ivey said the BCSO will review policies and procedures at the jail to prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future.
“Anything that she had to do with, obviously our economic crimes team will be looking at,” Ivey said. “Our auditing team will look at the other exchanges but the entire process as well.”
“Anytime you have something like this, you have a due diligence to make sure it hasn’t happened somewhere else and to make sure it can’t happen again,” he added.
According to BCSO, it’s protocol to house officers at jail facilities in other counties. Officers are also exempt from having their mugshots released to the public, according to state statutes.
Brown faces a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card, scheme to defraud, petit theft, official misconduct, criminal use of personal information and false entries in books of a business.
Brown is still being held on $30,000 bond.
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