Alabama sheriff who pocketed $750k selling $740k beach house

Alabama sheriff who pocketed $750k selling $740k beach house
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An Alabama sheriff who admitted to pocketing more than $750,000 in public funds intended to feed inmates is selling the beach house he bought less than a year ago.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin got national attention earlier this year after AL.com reported that he had kept the funds, which he confirmed later at a press conference.

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The report noted that last September Entrekin and his wife purchased a beach house for $740,000.

Real estate agents with Re/Max Gulf Shores, the agency selling the house, confirmed to AL.com that the 3,056-square-foot home is listed for $799,000.

Entrekin owns several other properties in the county and another beach house in a neighboring county. He has said that he bought the Etowah County beach house with money from other real estate investments, not with the $750,000 in food funds.

Public records show that Entrekin financed the beach house in question with a $592,000 mortgage from Peoples Bank of Alabama, according to AL.com’s investigation.

The sheriff is under investigation by the Alabama Ethics Commission and separately by the federal Homeland Security inspector general. He lost the primary for reelection and will step down from his post in January when his term ends.

Entrekin is also under investigation by the Oneonta Police Department for allegations that he had sex with underage girls decades ago, according to AL.com

Entrekin responded to AL.com’s request for comment on the story with a cryptic text message referencing his attorney, Donald Rhea.

"Don Rhea said not to answer him," Entrekin texted, and did not respond to follow-up messages.