Alabama sheriff pocketed $1.5M from illegal immigrant fund: report




An Alabama sheriff has personally pocketed $1.5 million in federal funds supposed to feed illegal immigrants housed in a detention heart he runs — and it was all legit, in response to a report.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin acknowledged final March that he stored greater than $750,000 in unspent meals cash on the Etowah County Detention Center between January 2015 and December 2017.

But information present he really took in twice that quantity, AL.com reported on Sunday.

Entrekin, like many Alabama sheriffs, used a Depression-era state legislation that permits them to maintain funds meant for jail meals, however Entrekin is the one one who detains illegal immigrants for the federal authorities.

A evaluation of county and sheriff’s workplace information revealed how a lot Entrekin benefited financially from the federal contract, AL.com reported.

Beginning in October 2011, the excess from feeding federal inmates over the following three years amounted to greater than $3 million — half of which Entrekin pocketed and half of which went to the county’s basic fund.

County officers confirmed AL.com’s findings.

“The check has always been made out to him as sheriff,” stated Kevin Dollar, Etowah County’s chief monetary officer.

Entrekin, who will depart workplace subsequent month after dropping a Republican major election in June, didn’t reply to requests for remark from AL.com.

But he blamed the election loss on an AL.com report that confirmed Entrekin purchased a $740,000 seashore home the yr earlier than after getting the $750,000, which led many to dub him the “Beach House Sheriff.”

Jessica Vosburgh, govt director of the Adelante Alabama Worker Center advocacy group, stated the revelations about Entrekin ought to immediate the feds to cease sending detainees to Alabama.

“I think, based on this information, [the federal government] unequivocally needs to terminate its contract with Etowah County. This is not a reputable, law-abiding partner for the federal government,” Vosburgh stated.

The detention heart in Gadsden, about 65 miles east of Birmingham, often homes about 850 inmates — of whom about 300 are illegal immigration detainees.

Inmates have lengthy complained in regards to the high quality of the meals and the small parts they obtain.

“We used to eat what we got: porridge in the morning, bread, jam, one or two more items [each day]. The food that we got was not enough,” Sanju Rajput, an Indian citizen who was detained at Etowah for 2 years after being refused asylum in 2014, advised AL.com.




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