Blogger Comments: Lord. You can't make this stuff up. Franklin took the money from the inmate food funds out of the goodness of her heart to help the inmates. What the heck? The inmate food funds were plentiful so why did the inmates need help?
Is Barney back in town? Talk about a spin. This one is a whirlwind. Shortfalls were the motivating factor and Ana was "persuaded to invest". Folks we are talking about the Sheriff of Morgan County. Is this sheriff so weak minded, so unintelligent, so incapable of making decisions that she is so easily persuaded? What losses? There wasn't a loss until Ana took not 150K but actually took 160K. The inmate food funds had 160K plus, it was July and the end of the Fiscal year was a little over two months away. That means that on October 1st the sheriffs new budget would be in place which meant more money was about to come in. There were no shortfalls.
Dang if Ana doesn't go on to blame it on her ex-boyfriend, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency agent Steven Ziaja. Geeze. My boyfriend made me do it. I was persuaded to invest the inmate food funds. Shucks, mister, I sure didn't want to do it but they made me.
Our opinion is that Sheriff Ana Franklin had one thing in mind and that was to pad her pockets. In addition, we sat in on the Federal Hearings and heard the testimony and the Judge's opinions. It is hard, no, impossible to believe that Ana had the inmates' best interest in mind.
Franklin claims she reimbursed the 150K of the inmate food funds. That in its self is a lie. Franklin placed the money in Traditions Bank in an account she named inmate food funds, not in Peoples Bank from where she withdrew the funds.