Franklin County

Three charged with food stamp and Medicaid fraud

FRANKFORT — Three women have been charged with food stamp, Medicaid and tax fraud, the attorney general's office announced Monday.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Melody Jones, 43, of Speedwell, Tenn., and her daughter Brooke Jones, 25, of Middlesboro, on charges related to fraudulently obtaining more than $10,000 in Medicaid benefits and more than $10,000 in food stamps, commonly called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

The women also were charged with giving false information to state authorities to obtain the assistance.

Melody Jones also was charged with five counts of tax fraud or willful failure to file a tax return. Brooke Jones was charged with two counts of willful failure to file a tax return and one count of filing a false tax return.

Kelly Miller, 42, of Pineville, also was indicted on five counts of filing false tax returns for 2004 through 2008.

The indictments stem from a three-year investigation by the Kentucky State Police after looking into a referral from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' adult protection unit in 2007.

Arrest warrants for all three women have been issued, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office.