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February 15, 2013

Aramark employee arrested for trafficking

Indiana Dept. of Correction — PUTNAMVILLE – Aaron Flora, 44, of Brazil was arrested on Feb. 14 for attempting to traffick with an offender at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.                                     

When Flora arrived to work Thursday morning, Correctional Officer Sharon Wernick was monitoring the facility’s x-ray machine and observed what appeared to be a package concealed in a can of coffee that he was attempting to bring into the facility. A search of the container and of Flora revealed four cell phones, a large quantity of tobacco, and rolling papers.

During an interview with Correctional Police Officer Troy Keith, Flora admitted to trafficking stating that the items were intended for offender Jason Wyttenbach, 40, from Indianapolis. Flora was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail on a preliminary charge of trafficking with an inmate, Class C felony.

Wyttenbach is being held in administrative segregation and could face criminal charges pending the outcome of an investigation. He is currently serving multiple felony sentence. His projected release date is September 8, 2016, for a felony conviction of theft and fraud.

Flora has been employed at Putnamville since November 2011 as an Aramark contractual worker.

“Volunteers, State and Contractual staff receive extensive training in offender manipulation tactics and how to avoid them. Unfortunately, some still succumb to offender coercion to traffick and betray their obligations,” Superintendent Stanley Knight said in the release. “In a prison environment, it’s not a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when’ your illegal activity will be detected … and, not a question of ‘if’ criminal charges will be pursued, but ‘how long’ of a sentence you may receive.”

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