Sheriff Legally Pockets $750k Meant For Prisoners' Food, Buys House

Alabama Sheriff Todd Entrekin pocketed money that was meant to feed prisoners, and it appears to be legal.

Gadsden, AL – An Alabama sheriff who took $750,000 from funds meant to feed inmates is under scrutiny when he and his wife purchased a beach house that cost about the same amount.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin and his wife bought a four-bedroom house with an in-ground pool in an upscale Orange Beach neighborhood for $740,000, which is located off Alabama’s Gulf Coast, according to the Birmingham News.

The couple also own other properties worth more than $1.7 million.

Sheriff Entrekin filed ethics disclosure forms with the state that showed he received more than $750,000 worth of additional “compensation” over three years from a source called “Food Provisions.”

Sheriff Entrekin has an annual salary of $93,178.

The sheriff stated that what he did was legal under state law.

Sheriff Entrekin had previously told the Birmingham News that he has a personal account that he calls a “Food Provision” fund. The money in that account was earmarked by federal, state and municipal governments to feed the prisoners in the Etowah County Jail.

The Birmingham News stated that money “was not used for that purpose and was instead personally pocketed by Entrekin.”

"In regards to feeding of inmates, we utilize a registered dietitian to ensure adequate meals are provided daily," Sheriff Entrekin said March 11 to the Birmingham News in an email. "As you should be aware, Alabama law is clear as to my personal financial responsibilities in the feeding of inmates. Regardless of one's opinion of this statute, until the legislature acts otherwise, the Sheriff must follow the current law."

Other Alabama sheriffs said that the practice of keeping extra prisoner-feeding funds for themselves is legal under the state law. That law was passed before World War II.

The Birmingham News reported that some counties return the money to the county government.

Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton is opposing Entrekin in running for sheriff and pledged not to keep any inmate food money if he's elected.

Additional compensation? $250K per year plus annual salary of $93K? In Alabama? For a sheriff?

Rather have him to get it than to feed the inmates no more than nutraloaf 3 times a day.

If the money is meant for the inmates, THAN THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO HAVE IT!!! the sheriff was eager to buy the beachhouse for him and his family, but who cares about the inmates, food? right? who made that stinkin law?? how appropriate that the beachhouse is around the same amount of the he stole from the inmates food??? maybe we should ask the inmates, what they feel about this??? i think they might not be so happy, what do you think????

It may not be a violation of state law, but in my opinion, it is a clear violation of morals and ethics. If the money was earmarked and appropriated for prisoner needs, it should have been used for that. I would have had a little more respect, for the sheriff, had he used the money for improvements to his department and equipment for his officers, not for his personal use. I hope the voters will express their disgust, at the ballot box.

it's called moral turpitude

Might be legal, but sure as he** is unethical. This Sheriff and others who pull this stunt must have skipped the ethics classes when they were trained in law enforcement.

So you are ok with what amounts to theft? It may technically be legal but it is definitely NOT ethical!

This was also standard procedure in Indiana up until the early 90's. The Sheriff was allocated X amount of dollars per prisoner per meal with the remainder being part of the Sheriff's salary. If he was allowed $1 per inmate per meal and could feed them with only $.35 he pocketed the remaining $.65. For Larger jails this meant the Sheriff could easily make over a grand a year. Plus the Sheriff was allowed to keep 5% of any Tax Warrants he collected on. One year alone our Sheriff collected over $5 m in Tax Warrants which gave him $250,000 extra, on top of his salary and meals. Since then, Sheriff's negotiate salaries. Back in the 90's the Sheriff made a salary of around $30 grand but now our Sheriff makes around $120 grand but without the meals. He can still collect Tax Warrants but very few ever mess with them.

This boy has "Put me in GenPop" written all over him.