A Westville Correctional Facility officer was arrested Friday at the
facility on charges of bribery and attempted trafficking, the Indiana
Department of Correction (DOC) said.
According to DOC, Brandon Neumann, 31, of LaPorte, reported for work at the
start of his shift on Friday but was subsequently stopped and questioned by
Neumann was later searched and found to be in possession of tobacco intended
to be delivered to an offender, DOC said.
Neumann was transported to the LaPorte County Jail and placed on emergency
suspension without pay, DOC added.
The incident remains under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs
Bribery is a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years;
attempted trafficking, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in
“Despite our efforts to train new staff about the dangers of trafficking
with an inmate,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said, “offenders still are
able to lure some staff with promises of what they describe as easy money.”
“I applaud the diligence of the Westville staff,” DOC Commissioner Bruce
Lemmon said. “They work hard to maintain the high standards of behavior we
expect from all our departmental employees.”