In reading the Case files listed below filed from March 17, 2017 - March 21, 2017 I am not the least bit surprised that Sheriff Ana Franklin provided the Class Counsel copies of Quick Books which are most likely Cooked Books. During the campaign for sheriff 2014 we requested and obtained three sets of the MCSO financial records. We were also provided compilations reports from the sheriff's office for those three accounts. The Quick Books from the Sheriff’s Office and the compilations reports did not match leaving us with several thousands of dollars of questions. The records covered a 24-month time frame.
We also reviewed the State Auditors report for those three accounts as well. The auditor’s report covered 30 months for their audit. What we found odd is that the State Auditor report reflected several thousands of dollars less than the 24-month time frame that we reviewed. The auditor’s reports should have reflected several thousand dollars more than the compilation reports and the sheriff’s office quick books reflected.
We requested a review of all bank statements but those requests were denied. There is a very good reason those requests were denied. Sheriff Franklin plays fuzzy math with the accounts under her control. The Bank Statements won’t lie.
Franklin's attorneys go on to complain that Class Counsel wants the "financial records regarding all funds received and expended by the Sheriff for providing meals to the inmates of the County Jail” Did Billable Barney just fall off a turnip truck? Per Barney, there is no mention of bank account records. Folks, those bank records are critical. I have seen firsthand some of the Sheriff's Office Cooked Books. Barney goes on to say those files are not relevant to the issue at hand. Those Bank Records are the Holy Grail to get to the bottom of the inmate food fund issues. There is only one way to get to the bottom of this mess and it isn't within the sheriff's office. Perhaps the sheriff is worried that the bank records will reflect additional checks have been written on the inmate food funds for personal gain.
Franklin started off with a $160,000.00 food fund issue that has now turned into a $320,000.00 issue. Where did Franklin get the money to place into the Traditions Bank account since she claims she did not get the money back that she loaned Performance Auto Sales. I don't know of one single person who would take $160,000.00 from their employer and loan the money to another party. In the real world that is called embezzlement.
Sheriff Ana Franklin requested an opinion on taking inmate food funds from the county attorney prior to taking office through her attorney Barney Lovelace. Attorney Bill Shinn rendered the county opinion that Franklin was not authorized to take those funds, that they were to be used as deemed appropriate by the consent decree. Further, as we previously posted on this blog, Franklin was interviewed by the Arab Tribune along with Class Council and she stated that she would not take inmate food funds. Franklin's inmates have lost far more weight than Greg Bartlett's inmates lost. At least they got corn dogs vice watered down juice, oatmeal, and grits. We just covered breakfast only. Sure, makes you look forward to lunch and dinner, doesn't it?
Sheriff Ana Franklin was in a long-term relationship with an Alabama Law Enforcement Agent Steven Ziaja. Ziaja reportedly helped Franklin obtain a gym prior to running for office. He is said to have bankrolled both her 1st and 2nd runs for office. He had his Grandmother’s wedding rings to give to Franklin, and he claims in his FB that he and Ana own his hunting property in Pulaski, Tennessee. Though Franklin has moved on to another man she and Ziaja are still in communications. On December 23, 2016 Steven Ziaja took out a property loan of over $142,000.00. Once the check was deposited, the bank would hold the check for seven days. That would make the date of withdrawal eligibility December 30, 2016. Very Strange.
It is obvious that for some reason Sheriff Ana Franklin does not want the Federal Court to gain access to the bank records for both Traditions Bank and Peoples Bank. Franklin would flip if someone was eligible to review all 17 bank accounts managed by her office.