Quincy, FL 5-4-12
You won't see Franzetta Mathis' photo in the booking report. That's because her job as a corrections officer keeps her mug shot from going public. But now that she's been arrested, that job is in jeopardy.
"With the profession that she has, that's wrong. She should know better than to do that," says Sabrina Lockwood a Gadsden County resident.
Mathis works as an officer at the Gadsden Correctional Facility. Leon County Deputies say she stole a wallet with more than $7,000 inside while she was on duty.
Deputies say Mathis snatched the wallet while she was guarding an inmate at the Capital Regional Medical Center's E.R. Deputies say video surveillance shows Mathis picking up the wallet that another patient dropped and putting it in her purse. It's news that doesn't surprise some Gadsden County residents.
"Now these days what people do now you never know. People do anything these days now," says Lockwood.
Court documents show Mathis told one of her coworkers that she 'found' the money and was 'blessed'. She then told investigators she spent nearly $3,000 dollars on furniture before burning the wallet.
"They should keep her locked up for doing that. That was wrong," says Lockwood.
Mathis is out on bond. As for her job as a corrections officer, she has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing that could result in her termination.
The warden at the Gadsden Correctional Facility says a date for Mathis' disciplinary hearing has not been set. He also would not comment on her past disciplinary record.
Mathis is charged with Grand Theft and Tampering with Evidence. Mathis is not an employee of Gadsden County Law Enforcement .
The Gadsden Correctional Facility is a private female prison. It is run by the Management & Training Corporation. The facility is under contract with the Florida Department of Corrections. It was established in 1995 and can house up to 1,520 inmates.