Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has come under scrutiny for pocketing funds intended for food for the prisoners.
(Etowah County Sheriff’s Office)
An Alabama sheriff who pocketed $ 750,000 of the funds intended to feed inmates under new treatment for the purchase of a beach house that cost almost the same amount of money.
AL.com reported Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin received $750,000 of “compensation” from a source which he called “food provisions” for a period of three years. When AL.com contact Entrekin about the money that he does not deny that he received, despite the money that is “allocated by the federal, provincial and municipal governments to feed inmates in the Etowah County Jail.”
Entrekin, like other Alabama sheriffs believe that a pre-second world War, the law allows them to have any excess inmate-the feeding of the funds themselves. However, in counties such as Jefferson and Montgomery, the excess money is supposed to be given to the county government.
In forms filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission, Entrekin reported he was “more than $250,000 each of the last three years through prisoner of breastfeeding funds.”
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“With regard to the nutrition of the detainees, we make use of a dietitian to ensure adequate meals are provided daily,” said Entrekin AL.com in an e-mail. “If you must know, Alabama law is clear, what is my personal (financial) responsibilities in the food of the inmates. Regardless of the opinion of this statute, the legislature acts otherwise, the Sheriff must comply with the current law.”
Entrekin’s annual salary is $ 93,178.80, AL.com reported. However, Entrekin was able to purchase a four-bedroom beach pad with a built-in pool for $740,000. Entrekin and his wife Karen also has a private two-story house in Orange Beach worth about $200,900.
Matthew Qualls, 20, was arrested on drug charges just a few days after he publicly criticized Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
(Etowah County Sheriff’s Office )
Some residents questioned Entrekin the purchase, including one, Matthew Qualls, who was arrested on drug charges earlier this month, just days after he publicly criticised Entrekin for the holding of the fund a surplus.
Qualls, who was paid for the mowing Entrekins lawn told AL.com in an article published in February, he asked why he was receiving checks for his services through a “Sheriff Todd Entrekin Food Supply Account”, when he knew of persons in prison, who had gone without meals.
“I saw that in the corner of the checks he said ‘food’, and a few people I knew came by the prison, and they say they got meat maybe once a month and every other day, it was just beans and vegetables,” said Qualls AL.com.
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Qualls was arrested after police responded to an “anonymous tip about a marijuana smell coming from an apartment where he and a friend were found inside. He was released after taking a plea deal prompted by protests from the public after his arrest. The deal requires Qualls to take part in the Etowah County Drug Court program, where he will be subjected to random drug tests, and substance abuse classes instead of to the prison time, his lawyer Sam told Bone AL.com.
Entrekin is also challenged for his job this year by Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton. Horton has agreed to not pocket the excess money from the prisoner-feeding of funds.
“I believe that the funds belonging to the taxpayer, and the excess funds should go to things that benefit the taxpayer,” said Horton AL.com. “There is a huge amount of money left over that should not be used as a bonus check.”
Entrekin declined to respond to AL.com about finance and several houses.