An update to a WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation we brought you Monday night on WAAY 31 News at 10:
WAAY 31 has uncovered the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has fired one of its agents caught up in a Morgan County business gone bankrupt.
Responding to WAAY 31’s request, the State Personnel Department tells us Steven Ziaja was dismissed by ALEA on March 23rd.
Ziaja was arrested last year under 12 felony indictments.
He’s accused of using his job as an ALEA agent to access a law enforcement data base to get information on customers of Performance Auto & Title Mart. Performance Auto Sales operated on Point Mallard Parkway. There was a second used car lot on Highway 157 in Moulton. Title Marts had various locations including Decatur, Hartselle, Moulton and Chelsea. The businesses operated under the legal name of Priceville Partners, LLC.
Ziaja invested and worked at the business ran and partly owned by a convicted felon.
Three other ALEA agents along with Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin and her deputies also invested or had ties to the business which is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Sheriff Franklin invested $150,00 of taxpayer money into the business. She has since returned the money to the jail food account.
Morgan County Sheriff’s office employees Blake Robinson and Robert “Bones” Wilson are also connected to the business.
Sheriff Franklin has told WAAY 31 she can’t comment because of pending lawsuits and bankruptcy cases.
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