Longtime Jail Sergeant Facing Charge After Inmate's Food Stamp Card Used; Wanda Smith Resigns

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A longtime sergeant at the Hamilton County Jail is due to face criminal charges after she allegedly used an inmate's food stamp card to buy groceries for herself, Sheriff Jim Hammond said.

He said Sgt. Wanda Smith voluntarily resigned on Tuesday after being confronted with the results of an internal affairs investigation.

Sheriff Hammond said Sgt. Smith was caught on video both taking the inmate's food card during a booking process and also trying to use it in another county.

He said she gained personal information from the inmate's jail records in order to change the password on the food card and be able to use it.

She has been an employee of the sheriff's office for some 13 years, he stated.

The sheriff said the case will be taken to the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

He said, "It's a warning that just about anything you do nowadays may be caught on video. We have over 60 cameras at the jail and are always adding more. 

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