We have been harping for the past four years that something just isn't right with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office. We began by speaking to past and present employees to get an inside knowledge of any nefarious active going on behind the scenes. We were chugging along slowly until we heard about the Title Marts. The time frame was the April 2015. The first we heard was that Steven Ziaja was part owner of the dealership. We heard claims that Ziaja was walking around with thousands of dollars in his wallet and showing it off; that he was operating at the Priceville Title Mart and Hartselle Title Marts.
We observed Ziaja working at the Title Marts when he should have been performing duties at his regular job. We sent people into the Title Marts to snoop around and low and behold who do we see but Sheriff Ana Franklin's daughter Alyssa.
Then we discover that Ziaja was selling cars under the alias of Ricky Dukes. How do we know that? We sent a message to Dukes questioning vehicles he advertised. If our contact showed interested in the vehicle we were referred to Mr. Masterson or Greg Steenson at the Priceville Title Mart. It was and is very interesting that Ziaja used an alias to sell cars. We decided that the reason was that he did not want his agency to know what he was involved in.
On one occasion we saw Sheriff Ana Franklin at the Priceville Title Mart riding around with Ziaja on an ATV or walking around like she owned the place.
We eventually believed that we had enough information to prove that Ziaja and possibly Ana Franklin and Alyssa Franklin were deeply involved in the operation. We are actually amazed at how deeply involved the Franklin's were in the operation.
Ziaja continued to find ways of making money off of the Title Marts. He sold fictitious cars to the Title Marts, he and Blake Robinson opened a detail shop making over $38,000.00 off of Mr. Jeffreys when both men should have been working that law enforcement day jobs. Ziaja hid his activities from his superiors while Robinson's boss Sheriff Ana Franklin knew exactly where he was.
Then came all of the investments in the PONZI scheme. Greg Steenson got the most blame for that activity. Don't believe for one minute we are condoning anything that Steenson did in this matter but it is obvious that he did not mastermind this plan alone. He had help in the form of Ana Franklin, Steven Ziaja, Blake Robinson, and Alyssa Franklin. Why is that so obvious you ask? Well! If you look at the investors in the PONZI scheme the majority are law enforcement friends of Franklin and Ziaja, employees of Sheriff Franklin such as Blake Robinson and Bones Wilson, and family of Sheriff Ana Franklin, and coworkers of Steven Ziaja.
Franklin, Blake, Bones, and Ziaja were raking in the money. Sheriff Franklin had her family working which was a good thing for her. It meant more of the sheriff's office money went to her. Which makes us wonder where Franklin's oldest daughter obtained a $100,000.00 to jumpstart their business. We are talking about a young family that had to have a co-signer to purchase a house. The co-signer interestingly enough was Steven Ziaja. After the purchase of the house came approximately $65,000.00 dollars in upgrades to the house, a huge commercial BBQ grill, and big fancy cars. The company may be prospering now but the question is where did the initial money come from? Not family for sure.
Sheriff Ana Franklin didn't stop there. Franklin included her staff, contract labor, and inmates into her corrupt activities. Franklin had these people believing everything she said. She claims to have everything under control. Maybe she does and maybe she doesn't. Time will tell. We have been saying for years that the sheriff is going to jail. We stand firm on our predictions. It is unfortunate that those who trusted Sheriff Franklin have placed their freedom in jeopardy as well.