|Bradford County Jail Employee Fired For Unethical Behavior|
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement charged 28-year-old Sgt. Tammie Sapp last week with unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior. Sapp allegedly received personal items from Stone Cold Chemicals, a company from whom the jail bought cleaning supplies. Sapp, an employee at the Bradford County Jail since 1995, was arrested at the Union County Jail by FDLE agents and released on a $2,500 surety bond. She was immediately fired.
Bradford County Sheriff Bob Milner was notified by FDLE in May about an investigation into Stone Cold Chemical sending premiums or gifts to employees of companies that did a certain level of business volume. Although this practice is considered industry standard for many private companies, government employees are prohibited from receiving any benefit as a result of their employer's business. According to Milner, the Sheriff's Office stopped ordering from the company in October of 2002.
The Office of the Statewide Prosecutor charges that Sapp and other government employees in Florida received personal items such as food, clothing, hardware tools or redeemable coupons, which were usually mailed to the employees' homes. Though Sapp did not steal money or property from the Sherrif's Office, Milner said she should have known that her activities were not ethical since she was receiving a personal benefit. Otherwise, Milner said Sapp was a dependable and very knowledgeable employee who received above satisfactory performance evaluations.
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