They’d labored on the jail since November 2019.
FROSTPROOF, Fla. — Two Polk County detention workers have resigned and been arrested after the sheriff’s workplace says they conspired to convey contraband into the South County Jail in Frostproof.
Investigators say 25-year-old Austin Man was a civilian detention help specialist, and 23-year-old Katheryn Krzyzanski was a civilian meals service specialist. Had they not resigned, authorities say they might have been fired.
An investigation started on March 4 when detention deputies say they discovered smokeless tobacco within the inmate trusty dormitory, and eight inmates had contraband.
Detectives say Man coordinated with at inmate a minimum of seven occasions to purchase cans of smokeless tobacco between February and March. In keeping with the sheriff’s workplace, Man would cover the contraband in a spot the place 36-year-old inmate Herbert N. Williams might retrieve it and promote the tobacco to different inmates.
“Throughout these incidents, inmate Williams would contact folks outdoors the jail to place cash on Man’s CashApp in order that Man would purchase the tobacco,” the sheriff’s workplace wrote in a information launch.
Man, of Winter Haven, is charged with seven counts of every of the next: conspiracy to commit illegal compensation for official conduct, illegal compensation for official conduct, and accepting a bribe as a public servant.
Authorities say Williams was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace in 2019 for meth and drug paraphernalia possession, together with violations of probation. He’s now being charged with 27 completely different counts, together with ones associated to conspiracy and bribery of a public servant.
The sheriff’s workplace says Krzyzanski additionally conspired with Williams a minimum of twice and was paid via CashApp to purchase contraband, together with smokeless tobacco. Krzyzanski, of Sebring, faces two counts of every of the next: conspiracy to commit illegal compensation for official conduct, illegal compensation for official conduct, and accepting a bribe as a public servant.
Man and Krzyzanski have been arrested Tuesday.
“This can be a nice instance of how our system of checks and balances works on the Polk County Jail. When inappropriate actions have been found, supervision and detectives instantly took motion to arrest these accountable,” Sheriff Grady Judd wrote in a press release.
Man and Krzyzanski have been each employed in November 2019.
The sheriff’s workplace stated a mobile phone was additionally “probably” illegally introduced into the jail. The case remains to be below investigation.
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