Former Macomb County Corrections Deputy Charged with Embezzlement

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – On Friday August 30th, 2019 a former Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy, Payton McCallum, 27-years-old, of Utica, was charged and arraigned on one count of Embezzlement – Agent or Trustee Less Than $200.00 for mishandling pills.

On 7/20/19, McCallum was working as a Corrections Deputy in the Macomb County Jail. His responsibilities included accepting inmates into the jail who were sentenced to serve weekends only. On 7/20/19, McCallum was given pills by a weekend inmate who stated that they were prescribed to him.

The pills were found to be narcotics and the inmate was unable to prove he held a valid prescription for these narcotics at that time. The narcotics were taken by McCallum and became Macomb County Sheriff’s property to either be entered into evidence or disposed of. McCallum took custody of these narcotics and failed to properly secure them within the MCSO.

The narcotics in question were unable to be located in Macomb County Property and Evidence, and an investigation was initiated. A command officer noticed a discrepancy in McCallum’s report and jail video surveillance. Once completed, the investigation was turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for review; one count of Embezzlement – Agent or Trustee Less Than $200.00
(misdemeanor) was issued.

McCallum was arraigned in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township on 8/30/19 for the above listed charge. He was given a $2,000 personal bond and is scheduled to return to court on 09/23/19 @ 1:30pm.
“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.

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.” – Sheriff Anthony Wickersham

Payton McCallum is no longer an employee of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

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