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December 13, 2016

Timmy and Deborah Branham of Paintsville were indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on four Class D felony counts each of willfully failing to file Kentucky individual income tax returns. These charges related to returns that the Branhams did not file for the years of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, when records revealed that the couple had income in excess of $400,000.  Richard McKenna investigated this matter and presented it for prosecution.  ​  ​​


November 9, 2016

​Kirby Thacker of Louisa pled guilty to five Class D felony counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property in Franklin County Circuit Court. This case is related to $10,212.47 in sales tax that Mr. Thacker collected on behalf of his business, Yatesville Boat Store, between the years 2010 and 2014 but did not remit to the Commonwealth. Mr. Thacker will be sentenced on January 6, 2017. Debra Crawford investigated the matter and presented it for prosecution.  ​  ​​


October 28, 2016

David Lawrence of Incredible Dave's LLC in Jefferson County pled guilty in Franklin Circuit Court to seven felony counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property and four felony counts of theft by deception. These counts were related to sales and withholding taxes that Mr. Lawrence collected, but then did not remit, to the Commonwealth and to checks he wrote to the Department that could not be honored because of insufficient funds.  Mr. Lawrence was sentenced to five years on each count, to run concurrently. He was granted pretrial diversion for five years on the condition that he pays $271,533.64 in restitution to the Department. Debra Crawford investigated this matter and presented it for prosecution.​  ​​


July 26, 2016

Mary Unseld of Louisville was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on six counts of willfully failing to file Kentucky individual tax returns, all Class D felonies. These counts relate to income she earned, but did not report, at her Louisville daycare facility, Ms. Mary's Childcare for the years 2010 to 2015.  Richard McKenna investigated this matter and presented it for prosecution.


June 28, 2016

Troy A. Curtis of Louisville pled guilty in Jefferson Circuit Court to one count of willfully failing to file an individual income tax return for 2010 and three counts of willfully making a false individual income tax return for tax years 2011, 2012 and 2013.  These counts are related to income that Mr. Curtis earned, but did not report, while selling items on Amazon.com. Brad Boyd investigated this case and presented it for prosecution. 


Gwendolyn Holman.png June 20, 2016

Gwendolyn Holman of Louisville was sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court to five years' probation or until full restitution of $125,000 is paid to the Department of Revenue and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The charges against Ms. Holman related to her failing to claim substantial income for 2009 and 2010.  The income itself came from federal funds administered through CHFS that Ms. Holman received as a daycare provider in a low-income area for the Louisville business Mini Centers Academy. Robin Kinney investigated this case and presented it for prosecution. 


John Barbalas.png June 13, 2016

John T. Barbalas of Bowling Green was sentenced to diversion for five years on ten class D felony counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property in Franklin Circuit Court. These counts are related to $42,906.07 in withholding and transient room taxes that Mr. Barbalas collected from customers or withheld from employees, but did not remit to the Commonwealth, for his business, South Central Hospitality Group, LLC. Debra Crawford investigated this case and presented it for prosecution. 


James Keith.png April 22, 2016
James M. Keith of Frankfort pled guilty to one count of theft by failure to make required disposition, was sentenced to five years' probation, and ordered to pay the Department $19,231,83 in restitution. Mr.  Keith was by the Franklin County Grand Jury for conduct relating to sales tax that was collected but not remitted to the Commonwealth for his business, Stink's Diner.  This business had operated in Lawrenceburg, before moving to the Forks of the Elkhorn in Franklin County. Debra Crawford investigated this case and presented it for prosecution.

March 29, 2016

Ernesto Rivera of Louisville was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $10,000, a Class C felony; one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500, a Class D felony; theft by deception, cold checks under $10,000, a Class D felony; and theft by deception, cold checks under $500, a Class A misdemeanor.  The charges relate to sales tax collected and not remitted or collected and remitted as a cold check for Mr. Rivera's four Louisville-area restaurants, with the total owed to the Department of $347,187.00 in tax, interest, penalties, and fees.  Brad Boyd investigated this case and presented it for prosecution.


James Wooldridge.png March 17, 2016

James Wooldridge of Paducah pled guilty and was sentenced in Franklin Circuit Court to 13 counts of willfully failing to file Kentucky income tax returns for tax years dating back to 1999. He was granted diversion and ordered to make restitution to the Department of Revenue.

Jeff Fogg investigated this matter and presented it for prosecution. 



March 15, 2016

Douglas Hammond and Sharon Hammond of Depauw, Indiana, were indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury. They were each charged with three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, two class D and one class C felonies. The charges are related to $29,413.60 in sales tax that was collected by them on behalf of Bullitt Liquor, Inc. (which is located in Jefferson County) and not remitted to the Commonwealth. Debra Crawford invested this case and presented it for prosecution.


Frank Horine.png March 4, 2016

Frank Horine of Lexington was sentenced in Franklin Circuit Court to eight counts of willfully filing a false tax return, all class D felonies.  He received supervised probation for three years and must file true and accurate returns for the years in question. These counts related to Mr. Horine's failure to file and pay Kentucky individual income tax on more than $500,000 he earned through his business, Helping Hand Thrift Shop, Inc., from 2004 to 2011. Frank Fallis investigated this case and presented it for prosecution.


​February 2, 2016

Wendell Marrs of Frankfort was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on two class D felony counts of failure to file individual income tax returns for the years 2012 and 2013. These charges stem, in part, from income earned from Marrs’ roofing business but not claimed on individual income tax returns for the appropriate years. Gene Stratton investigated this case, which began as a tip, and Leslie Saunders presented it for prosecution.​

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