September 18, 2015
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MADISON, Fla. –The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General (OIG) today arrested Correctional Officer Sergeant Regina Belluz for the felony charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Prison Facility by a Public Servant. The charges stem from Correctional Sergeant Belluz introducing contraband for an inmate, into both the Madison Correctional Institution and Cross City Correctional Institution between March and September 2015. Sergeant Belluz resigned today shortly before being arrested.
Secretary Julie Jones said, "As evidenced by our recent arrests, the Department has absolutely zero tolerance for staff misconduct, especially that which violates the laws of our state. We will continue to aggressively pursue and take action against those who take part in criminal acts."
The Office of Inspector General initiated a comprehensive criminal investigation after receiving investigative intelligence that Sergeant Belluz was having an improper staff relationship with an inmate. The investigation confirmed that the Sergeant was writing numerous letters to the inmate describing their improper relationship, some of which included provocative pictures of the Sergeant. Additionally, the Sergeant deposited monies into the inmate's trust fund, and opened a Facebook page with the inmates name on it, and designated them "In a relationship, on Facebook." The actions taken by Sergeant Belluz are serious violations of Florida Law and Department policy. Upon questioning by Office of the Inspector General, Sergeant Belluz gave a complete confession to the above crime.
Following the arrest, Sergeant Belluz was transported to the Madison County Jail and was being held on a $10,000 bond. The Office of Inspector General would like to acknowledge the cooperation and assistance provided by the State Attorney's Office in the 3rd Judicial Circuit.
For more information regarding the Department's Correctional Officers and the Office of Institutions, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ci.html.
Click here to see the attached affidavit and warrant. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:
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.
Active criminal investigation or criminal intelligence information. § 119.071(2)(c), F.S.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.