Former EKU administrator indicted on tax-fraud charges

A former administrator at Eastern Kentucky University's College of Justice and Safety was indicted Wednesday on tax-fraud charges.

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. Jones, the former director of the Training Resource Center at the College of Justice and Safety, filed the false returns from 2005 through 2010, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office. Conway's office is handling the prosecution.

Marc Whitt, a spokesman for EKU, said Jones was fired in December 2009, but the university declined to say why Jones was let go. In April 2010, EKU asked that the attorney general investigate "various concerns" relating to Jones and his former position as director of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services.

The university has fully cooperated with the attorney general's office about the matter, Whitt said Wednesday. He said the university could not provide any more details because of the criminal proceeding.

The charges against Jones are Class D felonies. He could face a fine of $10,000 or twice the amount he is accused of defrauding the state, whichever is greater. Class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison.