Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin has been charged with one count of failure to file a tax return.
A one-count information, which takes the place of an indictment, filed in United States District Court on Tuesday, charges Franklin with willfully failing to file a personal income tax return for tax year 2015.
“We expect all of our citizens, to include and especially our public officials, to promptly and accurately file their tax returns,” said U.S. Attorney Jay Town. “The Department of Justice will continue to federally charge those who fail to do so. We appreciate the investigative work of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division and FBI Birmingham.”
“As we approach the tax filing season, this case should be an example of what happens when you fail to file and pay your taxes,” IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman said. “Doing so may subject you to significant penalties, fines, and the possibility of jail time.”
The penalty for willfully failing to file a tax return is a maximum of 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.
According to Town, Sheriff Franklin has agreed to plead guilty.
IRS-CID investigated the case along with FBI Birmingham. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey is prosecuting.