Pulaski County tax commissioner indicted in jail caper

While her 28-year-old son was in jail, accused of burglarizing and stealing money from her county office, Pulaski County Tax Commissioner Seaton Bennett allegedly conspired with a jailer to smuggle things in to him.

Bennett, 58, of Hawkinsville, was indicted Monday, charged in the misdemeanor smuggling caper and of violating her oath of office, a felony charge.

She was arrested Tuesday and released on a $15,000 property bond.

In September 2012, her son, Calvin Beck, broke into the tax office, stole $1,255 and damaged a safe, District Attorney Tim Vaughn said. Beck pleaded guilty and was later sentenced to about five months in a detention center and put on probation.

But this year, between March and May while he was in the county jail in Hawkinsville, his mother and jailer Joy P. Brown snuck items to him, Vaughn said.

Brown, who was also indicted and on Tuesday released on $2,500 bond, is accused of the same misdemeanor as Bennett, a charge known as crossing the guard line with unauthorized items.

The contraband is said to have included candy, coffee, cologne, nail clippers, body wash, a lighter and tobacco products, Vaughn said.

Bennett’s indictment sets in motion possible suspension-from-office proceedings, pending the outcome of the case against her.

Attempts to reach her Wednesday were not successful.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.