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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sheriff Ana Franklin's lies and deceit about the money she invested in Performance Auto Sales

 Blogger Comments:  Blogger comments  in blue.  Follow the lies Franklin told in the proceed Decatur Daily Article.  The red comments will show up in the second article.  Ask yourself why Sheriff Ana Franklin claimed that the money she invested in Performance Auto Sales came from her retirement and savings account.  Why did Franklin lie if she had authority to write checks on the Inmate Food Funds?


Another party joins suit over loans to used car dealer
By Keith Clines
Staff Write, Decatur Daily, Article February 23, 2016
A state Alcoholic Beverage Control agent from Morgan County has joined a lawsuit against Greg Steenson and others to protect his interests as an alleged creditor who loaned Steenson nearly $500,000 for Steenson’s used car dealership.
Blogger Comments:  Ziaja is having a hard time proving he invested $500,000.00 in the Title Marts which is a much considerable size of money that he claims to invest according to his probated loans of $846,000.00.
Steve Ziaja, a sergeant with the ABC, said in court filings that Steenson owes him $464,299 plus interest for loans Ziaja made to Priceville Partners LLC beginning in August 2014.
Former Decatur bank president Harold Jeffreys filed the lawsuit in Morgan County Circuit Court claiming Steenson, who is Jeffreys’ partner in the company, has not repaid him $3.2 million he loaned Steenson to buy used cars.
Jeffreys’ attorneys last week filed a motion asking Steenson be held in contempt of court for allegedly cutting off the power at the company’s Performance Auto Sales lot on Point Mallard Parkway Southeast, selling company assets in defiance of a court order, and threatening Jeffreys and the court-appointed receiver.
Messages left Monday for Jeffreys’ attorney, Andrew Campbell, and Steenson’s attorney, Jimmy Adams, were not returned. Jeffreys was not at home Monday afternoon, a woman who answered the phone said.
Ziaja on Monday referred questions to his attorney, Barney Lovelace.
“I don’t have anything to say, other than that’s the route I have to go,” Ziaja said.
Lovelace said that Ziaja “is a victim in this whole mess.”
Ziaja began a side business of buying and selling used cars a few years ago to make money on the side, Lovelace said.
Ziaja did not know either Jeffreys or Steenson at the time, but eventually their paths crossed and Ziaja sold some cars to Priceville Partners, Lovelace said.

How could Ziaja not know that Steenson was involved as he employed Ana's daughter and is Ana's cousin?  During all this Ana and Steven Ziaja (Booger) had been in a long time relationship and still were at this point.  
Ziaja holds four promissory notes for loans he made to Priceville Partners from December 2014 to October for Steenson to buy used cars to sell, according to records in the Morgan County probate judge office. Interest on the loans ranges from 5 percent to 17 percent, records show.
Ziaja loaned the company the money based on Jeffreys’ assurances that Jeffreys was at the business “all the time and Harold Jeffreys’ reputation as a respected and smart businessman,” Lovelace said.
Ziaja used “a significant amount of his inheritance” in making the loans, Lovelace said.
“Steve had to file this lawsuit to try to protect himself and get back as much of his loans as he can,” Lovelace said.
Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Steven Haddock has set a Friday hearing to consider motions filed on behalf of Jeffreys and Steenson.
The hearing will cover Jeffreys’ requests to liquidate the company’s assets and to hold Steenson in contempt, and Steenson’s requests for a protective order and removal of court-appointed receiver Ralph Summerford.
Jeffreys filed the lawsuit Dec. 31 claiming that Steenson owes him $3.2 million on unpaid loans. Jeffreys, the former president of then-Heritage Bank, owns 60 percent of the company and Steenson owns 40 percent, according to court filings.
Campbell said earlier Steenson misappropriated the money from the company and Jeffreys.
The lawsuit said two car dealers who Steenson said owed Priceville Partners nearly $7 million did not know Steenson and had never done business with him when Jeffreys became suspicious about Priceville Partners’ financial situation and contacted the dealers.
Steenson denies Jeffreys’ allegations he misrepresented the company’s financial situation and says he has repaid the loans, according to court documents. Steenson in a sworn affidavit “vehemently” denied that he has misappropriated any money.
Steenson in 2002 pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud conspiracy charges related to an alleged check kiting scheme and presenting false financial statements to banks for loans.
He was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $5.2 million in restitution to two banks.
keith.clines@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_KeithClines
keith.clines@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_KeithClines





Decatur Daily:  Owner of bankrupt Decatur business charged with theft, forgery  
  • By Ashley Remkus Staff Writer
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  • Morgan County's sheriff had a man she claims owes her money transferred to a different jail Tuesday after he was arrested on charges relating to his ownership of a Decatur used car dealership.
    Greg Steenson, 47, 38 Jackson Way, Decatur, is being held in Limestone County Jail on eight counts of first-degree theft, a Class B felony, and Class C felonies of one count of second-degree theft and two counts of second-degree forgery.
    The charges stem from transactions that occurred while Steenson was associated with Priceville Partners LLC, District Attorney Scott Anderson’s office said Tuesday.
    The dealership, which is the subject of a lawsuit between Steenson and another partner, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year in federal court with a list of creditors that includes Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin.
    In the criminal case, Steenson is accused of selling vehicles for which he did not have titles and forging other names to documents requesting replacement titles for the cars he sold, Anderson said.
    In the civil case, Franklin claims Steenson misappropriated funds, including a $150,000 loan she made to the company last year.  
    Blogger Comments:  Steenson misappropriated Franklin's misappropriated and stolen funds from the food fund.  Who actually provided the funds to bond out Steenson?
    Because of her ties to Steenson, Franklin said the Sheriff’s Office has no involvement in the criminal case.
    Blogger Comments: The Sheriffs Office funds are involved in it.  Ana Franklin is involved in Title Marts as is Bones Wilson with his investments and other dealings and Blake Robinson who also worked for Title Marts.
    District Attorney Investigator Johnny Coker apprehended Steenson late Monday and took him to Morgan County Jail, where he was booked on the 11 charges.
    Franklin said she had Steenson transferred after she learned about the arrest Tuesday morning.
    “All I know is there was an investigation because of all the lawsuits and bankruptcy,” the sheriff said. “And the district attorney’s office is handling all of that.”
    Blogger Comments: All you know??????  Ana you know so very much more! 
    The dealership filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Northern District of Alabama in March listing more than $5.4 million in claims from creditors.
    The filing showed the company with between $500,000 and $1 million in assets.
    Harold Jeffreys, a Decatur businessman and former banker, signed the filing as the company’s majority member. Jeffreys, who owns 60 percent of the company, late last year filed a civil lawsuit in state court against Steenson, who owned 40 percent of the company.
    Jeffreys claims in the civil lawsuit Steenson owes him $3.2 million from unpaid loans, and Steenson misappropriated the money from the company and Jeffreys.
    Steenson was being held with bail set at $285,000.
    Blogger Comments:  If Franklin believed that Steenson was so bad why the continued communications with her cousin?  Yes.  Sheriff Ana Franklin and Greg Steenson are related which makes her lies that she did not know that Steenson was one of the owners of Performance Auto Sales unbelievable, especially since he gave her a $1,500.00 dollar campaign donation in 2014 and employed Ana's daughter. Franklin's investment in the Title Marts actually came after she wrote a check for $150,000 from the Morgan County Inmate Food funds to invest in the car dealership in June 2015.  
    If he makes bail, Steenson has been ordered to seek court permission before transacting any business involving vehicles, Anderson said.
    “This is an ongoing investigation, and it is possible that additional arrests may be made in relation to these and other transactions,” Anderson said.

    Blogger Comments :  There is a rapidly growing number of people patiently awaiting additional arrest.  
    If convicted, Steenson faces two to 20 years on the Class B felony charges and up to 10 years on the Class C felonies.
    ashley.remkus@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2443. Twitter @aremkus1.




    Decatur Daily:  Used car dealership partners in lawsuit over $3.2 million

    • By Keith Clines Staff Writer
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    Car dealership files for bankruptcy
    By Keith Clines
    Staff Writer
    A Decatur used car dealership that is the subject of a lawsuit between its partners has filed for bankruptcy in federal court with a list of creditors that includes Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin.
    Priceville Partners LLC filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Northern District of Alabama on Friday listing more than $5.4 million in claims from creditors.
    Franklin’s $150,000 claim stems from a loan she made to the company last year, she said Wednesday.

    Blogger Comments: We believe there may be other substantial items other than the $150,000 dollars of Inmate Food Funds that were used to turn profit with Title Marts. 
    The filing showed the company with between $500,000 and $1 million in assets.
    Harold Jeffreys, a Decatur businessman and former banker, signed the filing as the company’s majority member. Jeffreys, who owns 60 percent of the company, late last year filed a civil lawsuit in state court against company partner Greg Steenson, who owns 40 percent of the company.
    Jeffreys claims in the civil lawsuit Steenson owes him $3.2 million from unpaid loans, and Steenson misappropriated the money from the company and Jeffreys.
    Lee Benton, a Birmingham attorney representing the company in the bankruptcy case, said Wednesday the company’s assets need to be liquidated for the creditors to be paid.
    Unsecured creditors of Priceville Partners would receive a pro rata share of the proceeds from liquidation, Benton said.
    Jeffreys earlier filed a motion in the civil lawsuit asking that the company’s assets be liquidated.
    Jeffreys’ $3.4 million claim is the largest of 21 claims by 17 individuals and companies on the creditors’ list.
    Franklin said she has known Jeffreys for a long time and knew his reputation as a good businessman when she used money from her savings and her retirement for the loan.
    Blogger Comments: Ana what???? You told Keith Clines your savings and retirement?  REALLY?  Now that its been proven this was a lie what will your next spin here be?
    Franklin said she knew Steenson had “prior issues,” but did not know Steenson was part owner of the company when she made the loan. She said she thought Jeffreys owned the company and Steenson ran the company.
    Blogger Comments:  Not going to beat this dead horse either as it is clear from many things like the previous campaign contributions Ana knew Steenson was a part of the company. 
    Steenson pleaded guilty in 2002 to federal bank fraud conspiracy charges. He was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $5.2 million in restitution.
    Franklin said “it would have been nice to have known” Steenson owned part of the company when she made the loan.
    “I don’t know if it would have affected my decision,” she said. “I may have asked additional questions if I had known.”
    Franklin said her discussions about a possible loan were with Jeffreys, and she never talked to Steenson.
    Franklin said she did consult with Steve Ziaja, whom Franklin said she sees socially, before making the loan.
    Ziaja, a state Alcoholic Beverage Control agent, has a $504,999.54 claim listed in the bankruptcy filing for loans he made to the company. He also has intervened in Jeffreys’ civil lawsuit to protect his interests as a creditor.

    Blogger Comments: Still curious what ALEA will do about all this with Steven Ziaja and John Venegoni?  
    Franklin said her loan seemed like a good investment opportunity when she discussed the matter with Ziaja.
    Franklin said her loan and Ziaja’s loans, which were made before Franklin’s loan, to the company are completely separate.
    “His money has nothing to do with my money,” she said.

    Blogger Comments: Ana are you sure you did not provide Steven Ziaja (Booger) with any of that large sum of money he invested? 
    Franklin didn’t seem to hold out much hope for recovering her $150,000. 
    “Any time somebody files for bankruptcy, there’s not a great chance you’ll get your money back,” she said.
    Other local creditors with large claims in the bankruptcy filing include Malcom F. Walker, of Mount Hope, $538,860.08; Robert E. Burton, of Moulton, $156,486.50; Lynn Layton Chevrolet, of Decatur, $111,700; Jason Bowling, of Hartselle, two claims totaling $94,112.80; and Dwight and Paulette Masterson, $47,800.
    keith.clines@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_KeithClines.

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