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Alabama sheriff ‘ called assistant from a casino and asking her to wire cash from jailhouse safe’

Alabama sheriff accused of calling assistant from a casino and asking her to wire cash from the jailhouse safe is charged with theft and corruption for ‘stealing $29,000 of inmate money’

  • Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has been charged with 11 counts of theft and abuse
  • The veteran law enforcement officer allegedly stole $29,050 of inmate money which stored in a jailhouse safe
  • On several occasions he called his assistant at the jail and asked her to wire him cash from the safe
  • He would then later give the assistant checks from his personal bank account to replace the stolen funds 
  • Blakely allegedly stopped the sly practice in mid-2016 after he received more than $900,000 into his bank account
  • It’s unclear where that cash came from, but his lawyer implied that Blakely won hundreds of thousands of dollars 

A high-profile sheriff called his assistant from a Las Vegas casino and ordered her to wire him cash stored in a jailhouse safe, an Alabama court has heard. 

The bombshell claim was made Tuesday during the trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely who has been charged with 11 counts of theft and abuse after he allegedly ‘borrowed’ $29,050 of jailhouse money over a period of three years. 

Prosecutors claim the sheriff ‘abused his position for personal gain by obtaining interest free loans from the safe’ between 2013 and 2016. Most of the money purportedly belonged to inmates. 

Blakely, who has served as county sheriff since 1983, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces automatic removal from office if convicted. 

Ramona Robinson, who previously worked as a Limestone County jail clerk, testified Tuesday that she wired Blakely $500 while he was at the Palace Station Casino in Sin City on November 8, 2014.   

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has been charged with 11 counts of theft and abuse after he allegedly ‘borrowed’ $29,050 of jailhouse money over a period of three years

She additionally claimed that her boss requested she wire him more money the following year when he returned to the same casino. 

Robinson told the court she did not ask Blakely what he needed the funds for. 

‘I didn’t ask, and he didn’t tell,’ she stated, according to AL.com. 

Lawyers for Blakely seized on that statement, saying the sheriff may have needed the money for law enforcement purposes.  

They claim it is impossible to prove that Blakely used the cash for personal reasons. 

Robinson stated that Blakely ‘eventually’ gave her 19 checks from his personal bank account to replace the inmate funds. 

However, the sheriff allegedly asked her to hold the checks for several weeks before taking them to the bank so that his account would not be overdrawn. 

Ramona Robinson, who previously worked as a Limestone County jail clerk, testified Tuesday that she wired Blakely $500 while he was gambling at the Palace Station Casino in Sin City on November 8, 2014

Ramona Robinson, who previously worked as a Limestone County jail clerk, testified Tuesday that she wired Blakely $500 while he was gambling at the Palace Station Casino in Sin City on November 8, 2014

The money, most of which belonged to inmates, was stored at the jail

The money, most of which belonged to inmates, was stored at the jail 

Prosecutors contend that Blakely only stopped taking ‘loans’ from the inmate safe partway through 2016, when a sum of more than $900,000 was mysteriously deposited into his account.  It is unclear where the money came from. 

However, Blakely was known to be a gambler and won a whopping $250,000 in Tennessee that same year. 

However, his attorney, Nick Lough, insinuated that his client may have won the lottery.  

‘Is it illegal to win the lottery?’  Lough asked the court. 

Blakely’s trial will continue this week. 

Prosecutors contend that Blakely only stopped taking 'loans' from the inmate safe partway through 2016, when a sum of more than $900,000 was mysteriously deposited into his account around the same time

Prosecutors contend that Blakely only stopped taking ‘loans’ from the inmate safe partway through 2016, when a sum of more than $900,000 was mysteriously deposited into his account around the same time

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