Prison guard is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from some of country’s most hardened prisoners
- Jail staffer allegedly caught stealing more than $100,000 from prisoners
- The prisoners’ money is locked away in a safe at a secure office at the facility
- Adelaide Remand Centre staffer was arrested and did not apply for bail
- In 2020 a prisoner escaped the remand centre by making a makeshift rope
A prison staffer has been caught allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from prisoners, who had their money secured onsite in a safe.
Police launched an investigation on Wednesday when the pile of cash was discovered missing, along with the Adelaide Remand Centre corrections officer who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The worker, employed by private operator Serco, was detained a short time later in North Adelaide by detectives who allege they also found a large amount of cash.
A prison staffer has been caught allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from prisoners, who had their money secured onsite in a safe
Police launched an investigation on Wednesday when the pile of cash was found to be missing, along with the Adelaide Remand Centre (pictured) corrections officer who cannot be named for legal reason
Adelaide Advertiser reports the money allegedly belongs to inmates being held in remand at the facility.
Under normal circumstances, if they are convicted the money is banked on their behalf or given to relatives.
If acquitted by the court, the cash is returned to them upon release.
Jason Burdon, 33, escaped from the Adelaide Remand Centre using a makeshift rope
On Thursday, the worker faced Adelaide’s Magistrates Court where he made no application for bail and was taken into custody.
Magistrate Stefan Metanomski suppressed the correction officers identity until next Wednesday, when the order is set to be reconsidered.
A home detention report was also ordered to be prepared prior to his next hearing date.
The remand centre was last in the headlines in 2020 when Jason Burdon, 33, escaped from the facility using items of clothing as a rope to escape the building.
The escape resulted in almost $2million spent on improving security after an internal inquiry found Burdon squeezed through air vents before using the makeshift rope to drop to the ground near Hindley St.
The internal investigation found security weaknesses exploited by Burdon had been identified by authorities back in the 1990s but no action was taken to resolve them.