Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Indictment of Former Eastern Kentucky University Director on Tax Fraud Charges

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 10, 2013  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the indictment of the former director of Training Resource Center of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University on tax fraud charges. A Franklin County grand jury today indicted 44-year-old Michael Jones of Lexington on six counts of willful filing of false tax returns with the Kentucky Department of Revenue for the tax years 2005 through 2010. 

The charges against Jones are the result of an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Division of Special Investigations, which identifies and investigates state tax crimes and prepares cases for prosecution.  Using information sources ranging from anonymous tips to collaboration with law enforcement agencies the division investigates cases including income tax evasion, fraudulent tax refunds and theft of sales, use and withholding taxes.

Prosecution of the case is being handled by General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions. The charges against Jones are Class D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison each.  If convicted, Jones would also be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 or double the amount of fraud, whichever is greater.

A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

For more information about the Department of Revenue’s special investigations and how to report tax fraud, go to http://revenue.ky.gov/inv/ .