Alabama Sheriff Todd Entrekin made national headlines last year after reports surfaced that he legally kept $750,000 meant to feed Etowah County inmates and bought himself a nice beach house.
That move appears to have cost him his job, as Entrekin failed to win re-election last year.
But according to The Week, another massive chunk of money the sheriff used to line his own pockets — a $1.5 million allotment for feeding federal immigration detainees — might get him into even more trouble.
The Etowah County Detention Center has a contract with the federal government to house several hundred undocumented immigrants awaiting adjudication. With that contract comes federal funding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to feed the detainees, money AL.com reports Entrekin has treated exactly like state and municipal funds: Any surplus is split 50/50 between the county's general fund and the sheriff himself, so a $3 million surplus gave Entrekin a $1.5 million bonus.
The report also notes that "multiple Alabama state attorneys general over the past decade [have agreed] sheriffs can in fact pocket funds allocated by the state to feed inmates that are not used for that purpose."
But what about federal funds?
"There's pretty much no way that the federal government is okay with this," George Washington University law professor Randall Eliason told AL.com. "Regardless of what he argues about the Alabama law, if it comes to light that he's taking these federal funds that are supposed to be used to feed and house federal prisoners, and instead is putting [hundreds of thousands of] dollars in his pocket, that would be of great interest to federal prosecutors."
Entrekin’s actions are presently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, according to The Week, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly urged Alabama U.S. attorneys to look into the matter as well.