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Alabama sheriff’s brother sues Attorney General over $240,000 seized in bingo feud

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Jul 11 2019 8:48 AM

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars belonging to Bruce Pettway, the brother of the Jefferson County sheriff, has been frozen by state officials, and the brother’s attorneys are suing to get that money back.


Court documents filed Wednesday in federal court claim Alabama Attorney General Steve 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.”


Marshall declined to comment on the lawsuit.


In March, a public feud emerged between Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway and Marshall. Sheriff Pettway, who took office in January as the first black sheriff of the state’s largest county, has repeatedly said that it’s not his job to “hunt down” electronic bingo operators, pointing out he’s more focused on stopping serious crimes like human trafficking and gun violence.


The sheriff’s words were in response to a letter sent to him by Marshall where the attorney general reminded Pettway of his enforcement role as sheriff. In that letter, Marshall requested Pettway advise him, Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr and Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington if he learns of any electronic bingo halls opening or planning to open in the county.


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