Macomb Co. corrections deputy charged with embezzlement

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A Macomb County Sheriff’s corrections deputy is out of a job and in legal trouble after allegedly taking drugs from an inmate and failing to report it, officials announced Friday.

Payton McCallum was working at the county jail in Mount Clemens on July 20 when someone slated to serve time that weekend turned over pills to him, investigators said in a statement. 

Payton McCallum was charged Friday.

The pills were found to be narcotics and the inmate couldn't prove he had a valid prescription, according to the release.

The items became sheriff’s property when McCallum took them. They were supposed to be entered into evidence or discarded, county officials said. But the deputy did not properly secure the narcotics, and a command officer noticed a discrepancy in McCallum’s report and jail video surveillance, officials said.

An investigation was turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, which charged him with one misdemeanor count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of less than $200. The 27-year-old no longer works for the county, officials said.

“We are disheartened by the poor choice of this individual whose actions do not represent the majority of the hard working staff within the Macomb County Jail," Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a statement. "We will move forward from this incident and continue to hold our staff accountable for their actions. This behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

McCallum was arraigned Friday at the 41B District Court in Clinton Township.

A personal bond was set at $2,000. McCallum is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 23.