Jail guard suspended for smuggling tobacco to an inmate

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

An officer at the Westville Correctional Facility has found himself on the other side of the law after he was arrested for bribery on the job.

Officials say Brandon Neumann, 31, of La Porte tried to smuggle tobacco into the facility for an inmate. Neumann was stopped and searched by internal affairs officers when he reported for his shift on Friday. After the officers found tobacco, Neumann was suspended without pay and sent to the La Porte Co. Jail.

Neumann has only been an employee at the jail since August 2012.
“Despite our efforts to train new staff about the dangers of trafficking with an inmate,” advised Superintendent Mark Levenhagen, “Offenders still are able to lure some staff with promises of what they describe as easy money.”

The investigation continues as Westville looks into possible charges or discipline for the inmate or inmates involved. Neumann now faces bribery, a Class C felony and attempted trafficking, a Class A misdemeanor.

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