Embattled former Morgan County sheriff says pocketing jail food money would have been legal

Embattled former Morgan County sheriff says pocketing jail food money would have been legal
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin (Source: WAFF)

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Former Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin is responding to the allegations against her over jail food.

Franklin is accused of pocketing funds that were intended to pay for inmates’ food.

Franklin’s filing says she did not pocket any money intended to pay for inmate food. It does admit she loaned $150,000 from a jail food account to a local business but says profits from that loan would have been used to feed inmates.

In a court filing, Franklin says the allegations are “lacking in merit.” The filing states, “Defendant Franklin’s actions to ‘keep and retain’ certain funds paid to her ‘for feeding inmates’ are absolutely authorized by law."

Ana Franklin’s attorney reached out to WAFF 48 News and says Franklin never retained any money meant to feed inmates for personal use. He says that Franklin did intend to keep money leftover in jail food accounts if there was any when she left office because that’s permitted by law.

“The funds are paid to her personally, and she is entitled to ‘keep and retain’ said funds under Alabama law. They are not ‘public funds.’”

Franklin also says, she even lost money paying for the inmates’ food.

She goes on to say it’s Alabama that owes her money and that she doesn’t owe the county money.

Before leaving office, Franklin pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of failing to file a tax return.

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