One Alabama sheriff, Todd Entrekin, along with his wife, have been caught allegedly misusing prison food funds, by re-allocating them to purchase their own personal vacation homes.
It's alleged that they spent at least $740,000 of taxpayer funds on buying a 4 bedroom vacation home in Orange Beach.
But just in the last 3 years alone, he's been able to allegedly pull in almost 1 million, over $750k, thanks to additional compensation that was identified by him as being compensation that came from Food Provisions.
Overall, sheriff Entrekin and his wife allegedly own several properties together, to the tune of almost 2 million ($1.7).
However, there have been at least two DAs from Alabama who've said that this isn't how the funds are supposed to be used, in other words what these sheriffs are doing is wrong. And a number of sheriffs have seen some negative consequences as a response to their choice to pocket hundreds of thousands to personally profit from the food program.
And this isn't the only sheriff that has been mentioned as having allegedly misused these sorts of funds. Another sheriff had been previously accused of using food money, around $150k, to invest in a car lot scam.
At Least 49 Different Sheriffs Have Been Sued...
One previous sheriff from Alabama, Greg Bartlett, had been locked up after he was caught failing to provide adequate meals to inmates. He eventually agreed to give up trying to profit from the scheme, agreeing to use the food money to buy food.
Many folks have complained about the quality of the food in jails, some have even suggested that they were served contaminated or spoiled food.
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