Special to the Register
Attorney General Jack Conway on Wednesday announced the indictment on tax fraud charges of the former director of the Training Resource Center of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.
He also served as director of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS)
A Franklin County grand jury indicted Michael Jones, 44, 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, according to Conway’s statement.
The charges against Jones result from an investigation by the state revenue department’s division of special investigations, which identifies and investigates state tax crimes and prepares cases for prosecution.
EKU spokesperson Marc Whitt said the university counsel had asked the attorney general to investigate various concerns raised about Jones as an employee and his role as director of NPJS.
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, the release stated.
Prosecution will be handled by the attorney general’s special prosecutions office. The charges against Jones are Class D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison each.
If convicted, Jones also would be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 or double the amount of fraud, whichever is greater.