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Alabama attorney general agrees to return more than $200,000 to sheriff’s brother after bingo probe

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 12 2019 2:43 PM

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has agreed to give Bruce Pettway, the brother Jefferson County’s sheriff, access to most of the nearly quarter of a million dollars in a bank account the AG’s office had in a dispute over bingo operations.

In July, attorneys for Bruce Pettway filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Marshall’s office illegally seized $240,000 from a BBVA Bank account belonging to Bruce Pettway’s brokerage and consulting firm, “ostensibly because of a $15,500 deposit into the account from bingo operations in Jefferson County.”

On Friday, according to Pettway’s attorneys and federal court records, Marshall agreed to release all but $15,500 of the funds following a ruling from Chief United States District Judge Karon Bowdre in response to the attorney general’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. In that ruling, Bowdre wrote that the forfeiture of the $240,000 “strikes the court as facially suspect.”

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