Report Details Multiple Inmate Abuse Violations At Daggett Jail

Lt. Darrin McCray was expected to be charged as early as today, Bradshaw said.

Other jail commanders already have been penalized.

Maj. Christopher Kneisley got a five-day suspension without pay and Maj. Tammy Waldrop a three-day suspension for knowing about the manipulation of the overtime and failing to prevent further abuses, the internal affairs investigation determined. Lt. Eddie Jones got a six-day suspension without pay for failing to conduct a complete and thorough inquiry into the scheme, the investigation determined.

The hospital guard overtime system was designed to minimize costs and to benefit deputies because they have the lowest salaries, Bradshaw said. By grabbing overtime shifts for themselves and friends, the seven accused sergeants and lieutenants cost taxpayers more because of their higher rate of pay.

Chambers' assistants knew about the alleged abuse as far back as June 2006, the internal affairs investigation found. But the corrections department didn't officially begin looking into the matter until receiving a jail sergeant's complaint six months later.

Within weeks of receiving the complaint, Chambers took away overtime sign-up privileges for Nealy, the alleged ringleader, as well as for two other lieutenants, according to the internal affairs investigation. He took the step "to keep [Nealy] from getting into trouble," Nealy's arrest report said. Yet for reasons sheriff's investigators can't explain today, Chambers reinstated those privileges for Nealy just three weeks later, the arrest report said. Not long after that, Nealy continued "the same type of manipulation" that she had done before, the report said.

Jones submitted his inquiry to Kneisley in March 2007 without finding a need for a broad criminal investigation, the internal affairs investigation found. The complaint eventually landed in the agency's financial crimes unit, which launched a criminal investigation on Sept. 7.

Chambers "didn't go as far as he should have in being vigorous in pursing this investigation," Bradshaw said.

Chambers, a 27-year Sheriff's Office employee who earned $153,000, submitted his letter of resignation on Sept. 27 and left the agency on Oct. 31. He was paid $134,000 for unused vacation and sick time and longevity pay, records show. He got another $186,600 as an incentive for retiring.

Leon Fooksman can be reached at lfooksman@sun-sentinel.com or 561-243-6647.

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