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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Why was Sheriff Ana Franklin allowed to pay the inmate food funds back that she illegally withdrew from the bank?

Folks, the Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin told reporters that he was told by public officials that he was not allowed to pay inmate food funds back in 2009.  Why was Sheriff Ana Franklin allowed to return inmate food funds while the Etowah County sheriff was told he could not legally return funds to the inmate food funds?

Sheriff defends handling of inmate food money

By Donna Thornton / Gadsden Times Staff Writer

Posted Mar 23, 2018

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin met the press Friday morning, delivering more than 100 pages of documentation regarding his family’s personal finances and the inmate feeding funds that have brought him under fire for the past couple of weeks.
He served breakfast, too, to show the media and the public the kind of breakfast served to inmates and federal detainees in the jail — two boiled eggs, grits, toast, grape jelly and orange Gatorade.
“Over the past two weeks, me, my family, my office and the citizens of Etowah County have been targeted by miscellaneous fake news stories,” Entrekin said to open the press conference. “I’m here to set the record straight.”
He said there had been many falsehoods, half-truths and unfair allegations that have been portrayed in the press.
Perhaps the most attention-getting allegation made in al.com’s first reporting on the case involved the Entrekins’ purchase of a beach house last year.
Calling it myth No. 2, Entrekin said the reporting has been that he bought a beach house using money from the inmate feeding fund.
“This is a bald-faced lie,” Entrekin said. He said he and his wife bought a house at Orange Beach.
“We financed the property; we did not buy it outright,” he said. “We financed it at a bank. The down payment for the property was not obtained through the food account. It was obtained from the sale of a condominium.”
The sheriff said there was no connection between the purchase of the property and the inmate food account, that there currently is $50,000 in that account.
Some news accounts and commentary contend that Entrekin couldn’t have gotten a bank loan for a $750,000 property at the beach on an annual salary of some $93,000.
Entrekin said that might be the most offensive allegation of all.
“This discounts the career achievements of my wife,” he said. “Her name is on the property as well. She is very successful, as you can see from her tax returns. She makes more money than I do.”
“Our combined income is more than sufficient for the financing of this property,” he said, especially with the down payment from the sale of another property.
The sheriff said the story has been presented as though he’s starving inmates to buy beach houses and live a lavish lifestyle.
The claims about the food, he said, were myth No. 1.

Entrekin said nothing could be further from the truth, that a licensed dietician plans the diet for inmates. He provided a menu showing what inmates were served and giving a calorie count for each meal. He said they receive meals with fruit, vegetables and protein.
“Let me be clear: this is a jail, not a bed and breakfast. Domino’s does not deliver here,” Entrekin said. “We do not run to McDonald’s and get these prisoners and detainees Big Macs.
“We do not serve cake on their birthdays,” he said. “But we provide a healthy meal that is prepared onsite and served three times a day.”
The meals in the jail have passed all inspections “with flying colors” and have not drawn complaints from Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspectors who are in the jail regularly.
“If you’re used to grandma’s fried chicken and ordering pizza three times a week,” Entrekin said, the jail menu probably wouldn’t be pleasing.
“This is not a restaurant, this is not a buffet. You don’t get to place an order,” he said, but if inmates eat what is provided, they get a balanced, nutritious meal.
Entrekin said he’s providing the public with more personal financial information than any sheriff has ever done.

“It’s sad that my wife and I have to go through so much of our personal and financial stuff publicly and defend ourselves against false attacks and fake news,” he said.
He said that’s what’s wrong with politics today — what scares so many people away from running for office.
It hasn’t scared Entrekin, based on his response when asked if he still wants to be sheriff.
“I want to be sheriff. I don’t want to wear a chef’s hat,” Entrekin said.
He said he’s tried in the past to give the inmate feeding responsibilities to the County Commission, and they declined.
Inmate feeding came with the job he was appointed to 10 years ago, and has been re-elected to, Entrekin said.
“At times my wife and I have had to take out loans,” he said, to feed prisoners, for $150,000. They had to personally take the loans and were personally responsible for paying them back.

He said they had to work with vendors and creditors to pay a total of nearly $400,000 for their services in providing food for inmates.
Nobody’s reported that, he said, during what he called a political smear campaign that has been run against him, his family, his deputies and the people of the county.
“I guess some folks don’t want to let facts get in the way of a good story,” Entrekin said.
“I lost money for years and nobody said a word about it,” he said. “Nobody came to my defense when I was $400,000 in debt — nobody, nobody. I was public about it, that I was borrowing money, that I was taking it out of my family’s pockets, and nobody said a word.
“Now that I’ve changed it, here we are,” Entrekin said.
He citied a news story reporting that former Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp told the commission in 2009 that Entrekin could not legally give the money from the inmate feeding account back to the county.
“I am legally unable to return that money to the county,” Entrekin said. “I am personally responsible for paying taxes on that money to both the state of Alabama and the IRS.”

He said he’s made charitable donations from the food provision accounts to high school athletic associations, to the American Heart Association, to the Home Builders Association, the Shriners Club, the Boys & Girls Club, the Kidney Foundation, the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association, the Sheriff’s Charities, and “countless other” school and community organizations.
“If the County Commission wants to take it over, the responsibility, I will not object,” Entrekin said.
“We will always have criminals who break the law and are not happy with their accommodations when they get in jail,” he said.
Entrekin was asked to turn over records detailing how the food provision money was spent — with check registers and bank statements — that is sought in a lawsuit filed against 49 Alabama sheriffs.
He said he’d be glad to provide that — when the lawsuit is over.

6 comments:

  1. "Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin told reporters that he was told by public officials that he was not allowed to pay inmate food funds back in 2009. Why was Sheriff Ana Franklin allowed to return inmate food funds while the Etowah County sheriff was told he could not legally return funds to the inmate food funds?"

    That's a damn good question!

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    1. Let's get to the bottom of this Glenda. You may uncover more corruption in the sherrifs Dept and about the sherrif to

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    2. Because she was under a federal court order not to take the money at the time she took the other sheriff wasn’t

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  2. “I am legally unable to return that money to the county,” Entrekin said. “I am personally responsible for paying taxes on that money to both the state of Alabama and the IRS.”

    Since Ana supposedly repaid the money she took, does that mean she should have also paid taxes on it, to the state and the IRS?

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    1. If she takes money for personal use from other funds like the pistol permits is that also free money without the requirement to pay taxes? She is a female Sheriff and as untouchable as Hillary.

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  3. Lock all these crooked thieves of sheriffs in Alabama up. Deputies work for these thieves and they pocket all. Archaic law needs to change asap. Ana needs a horse stall built in her secret eatate in south bama. She thought she had it all covered. Not. Haha

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