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Three Correctional Officers Arrested For Alleged Corruption in Calhoun County

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A two year investigation from the Florida department of Corrections alleges corruption by officers at the Calhoun Correctional Institution.

Three officers are charged with accepting cash from inmate's families in exchange for prisoner protection and contraband.

In the affidavit, one inmate estimated that the highest ranking officer charged received more than $20,000 in one year.

It started in 2010 with a stack of letters (40 in all) written by an inmate to a female correctional officer indicating illegal activity inside the Calhoun Correctional Institution.

Two years later, it ended with the Wednesday arrest of three correctional officers: Chief of Security, Col. John McAlpin, and Officers Nick Hansford and Stephen Pickron, who turned themselves in.

During the investigation, Pickron, who's charged with 5 counts of Unlawful Compensation, said McAlpin was the mastermind behind the scheme, telling Pickron, quote:

"You know there's money to be made…you can make money off of these inmates like this"

According to the affidavit, numerous Western Union cash transactions took place in 2010 and 2011.

In one case, a sister of inmate Robert Ray sent Officer Pickron $1500 via Western Union, which he picked up at Harvey's Supermarket in Blountstown and then gave to McAlpin.

The report says in a recorded conversation between Ray and his sister, he said, quote:

"There's been some big changing here. I can't explain it, but everything is so perfect now."

News 13 attempted to contact each Officer for comment.

McAlpin did not answer, Pickron had a non-working number, and Hansford, who's charged with 20 counts of unlawful compensation, told us he "did not want to talk" until his arraignment in November.

McAlpin is on unpaid leave. Hansford resigned from his position. Pickron is now working at Gadsden Correctional Facility. He resigned Friday morning.

News 13 will continue to follow this story.