Mistakes are easily made and corrected. Unless you happen to be folks like Ziaja, Franklin, Bones, Blake, Justin, and others that have repeatedly taken actions that are or should be illegal, unethical, and possibly immoral.
We hope to see each one of these folks answer to the state for their personal capacity and professional conduct. Meaning both as citizens of our state and employees of the state. What these folks have done to destroy the lives of others, the criminal conduct, abuse of power, and a multitude of other actions should not go unpunished.
These things take time and good investigations do not take place overnight. They take time.
As for the new charge, my sources say that it was another example of Ziaja's misuse or computer tampering. Figures. One thing is for sure this thing has Greg and Jason Steenson written all over it. Steenson and Sheriff Ana Franklin have made darn sure that they involved other members of their family in their activities.
There is no way in the world all these folks could keep their criminal activities out of the public's noticed the way they added family, friends, and co-workers to their corrupt ways.
Former Alabama narcotics officer indicted on 13 felony computer tampering, ethics charges
Melissa Brown, Montgomery Advertiser
A former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency narcotics officer has been indicted on a felony ethics charge and a dozen counts of felony computer tampering.
Steven Ziaja, 40, was previously arrested in November 2017 and indicted in March, but a new grand jury last month added a 12th count of felony computer tampering to his case, superseding the March indictment.
"Specifically, the indictment charges that Ziaja knowingly obtained information from a State computer system or network that is required by law to be kept confidential, that he knowingly disclosed other such data, and that he used his position as a narcotics officer with ALEA for personal gain," a release from the Alabama Attorney General's office states."
Court records indicate Ziaja accessed a network of confidential information to find information or records on 12 different individuals. The indictment suggests the network was the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. The ACJIC works to "collect, store, retrieve, analyze, and disseminate vital information relating to certain crimes, criminals, and criminal activity," and links local and state agencies to the FBI's national crime database.
The Decatur Daily reports Ziaja used the database to help a car and title loan business repossess vehicles.
The Morgan County resident faces two to 20 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine per charge.
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