SCSO jailer loses job over $5

Lanandas Mcghee

Lanandas Mcghee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Shelby County deputy jailer has been arrested for stealing money from a suspect.

The grand total? $5.

The suspect was being booked when he tried to hide $45 in his mouth.

The man then threw the money in a trash can, along with a few other items, according to the sheriff’s office.

A deputy pulled a $5 bill from the trash and handed it to deputy jailer Lanandas McGhee.

McGhee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 1997, put the $5 in his pocket then later handed the $5 bill to a processing clerk.

The clerk marked the $5 to make sure it was not counterfeit, then handed it back to McGhee who, according to two witnesses, placed the $5 back into his pocket.

The $5 was never turned in with the suspect’s property.

McGhee has been charged with Official Misconduct and Theft of Property under $500.00.