An Alabama sheriff who pocketed $750,000 from funds meant to feed inmates is coming beneath contemporary scrutiny for the acquisition of a seaside home that price almost the identical amount of cash.
AL.com reported Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin obtained $750,000 of “compensation” from a supply he referred to as “meals provisions” throughout a three-year interval. When AL.com contacted Entrekin concerning the cash he didn’t deny he obtained it regardless of the cash being “allotted by federal, state and municipal governments to feed inmates within the Etowah County Jail.”
Entrekin like different Alabama sheriffs imagine a pre-World Struggle II state regulation permits them to maintain any “extra inmate-feeding funds” for themselves. Nonetheless, in counties similar to Jefferson and Montgomery, any extra cash is meant to be given to the county authorities.
In varieties filed with the Alabama Ethics Fee, Entrekin reported he made “greater than $250,000 every of the previous three years through the inmate-feeding funds.”
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“With reference to feeding of inmates, we make the most of a registered dietitian to make sure sufficient meals are offered day by day,” Entrekin instructed AL.com in an e-mail. “As you have to be conscious, Alabama regulation is obvious as to my private monetary obligations within the feeding of inmates. No matter one’s opinion of this statute, till the legislature acts in any other case, the Sheriff should comply with the present regulation.”
Entrekin’s annual wage is $93,178.80, AL.com reported. Nonetheless, Entrekin was in a position to buy a four-bedroom seaside pad with a built-in pool for $740,000. Entrekin and his spouse Karen additionally personal a two-story house in Orange Seaside price about $200,900.
Some residents questioned Entrekin’s buy, together with one, Matthew Qualls, who was arrested on drug prices earlier this month simply days after he publicly criticized Entrekin for holding the fund surplus.
Qualls who was paid to mow Entrekins’s garden instructed AL.com in an article printed in February he questioned why he was receiving checks for his companies through a “Sheriff Todd Entrekin Meals Provision Account,” when he knew of people in jail who had gone with out meals.
“I noticed that within the nook of the checks it stated ‘Meals Provision,’ and a pair folks I knew got here by the jail, and so they say they received meat possibly as soon as a month and each different day it was simply beans and greens,” Qualls instructed AL.com.
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Qualls was arrested after police responded to an “nameless tip” a couple of marijuana odor coming from an condo the place he and a pal had been discovered inside. He was launched from custody after taking a plea deal prompted by public outcry after his arrest. The deal requires Qualls to take part within the Etowah County Drug Court docket program, the place he shall be topic to random drug screenings, and should full substance abuse courses as a substitute of dealing with jail time, his legal professional Sam Bone instructed AL.com.
Entrekin can be being challenged for his job this 12 months by Rainbow Metropolis Police Chief Jonathon Horton. Horton has pledged to not pocket any extra cash from the inmate-feeding funds.
“I imagine the funds belong to the taxpayers and any extra funds ought to go towards issues that profit the taxpayer,” Horton instructed AL.com. “There’s been an incredible amount of cash left over that should not be used as a bonus examine.”
Entrekin declined to reply to AL.com about his funds and a number of houses.