Attorney General being sued over claims $240,000 was illegally frozen

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The brother of a Jefferson County Sheriff is suing Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. The suit claims the AG illegally seized $240,000 from him.

Bruce Pettway claims the attorney general is illegally freezing his bank account. Pettway claims his entire account was frozen because of a more than $15,000 deposited into his account from a bingo hall in Jefferson County.

Pettway provided consulting services for that bingo hall. The account was frozen in Madison County; about 100 miles away. Pettway’s lawsuit claims he has never worked or done business in Madison County, even though that’s where his money was seized.

There has been a public feud between Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, Bruce’s bother, and the attorney general over enforcing the state’s electronic bingo laws.

The sheriff has said he won’t go searching for illegal electronic bingo gambling, while the AG says it is his responsibility to do so.

“Even if he were tried and convicted of a gambling offense under Alabama state law, he would be subjected to a maximum fine of $6,000.”


Pettway claims he was never informed by the Attorney General’s office in the seizure of his account, it was the bank that alerted him. His suit says the amount of money seized far surpasses the penalties for $15 thousand being disputed.

We reached out to Steve Marshall’s office for comment and he replied by saying, “no comment.”

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