Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch

Press Release
June 19, 2019
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Former Food Service Employee and Civilian Arrested

SANDERSON, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of former food service employee Megan Benton and civilian Sandra Hicks. Benton is charged with one count of conspiracy to introduce contraband, three counts of introduction of contraband and one count of unlawful compensation. Hicks is charged with one count of conspiracy to introduce contraband.

Benton turned herself in to the Columbia County Jail. Following Hicks’ arrest she was transported to the Baker County Jail. The OIG acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by State Attorney William P. Cervone of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Baker County Sheriff Scotty Rhoden and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information on the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, please visit: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ig.html.

Click here to see the affidavits. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:

Social security numbers. § 119.071(5)(a), F.S.

The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees’ spouses and children (sections 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.

119.071[2][e], F.S., exempting all information “revealing the substance of a confession” by a person arrested until there is a final disposition in the case.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.

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