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Woman charged after filing, collecting fake tax returns

Published 10:05 am Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Franklin County grand jury indicted a Winchester woman Wednesday for filing fake tax returns.

Virginia Smith, 41, was charged with six counts of willfully filing or making false tax returns. She allegedly filed six bogus returns in 2011 and 2012, with refunds ranging from $42 to $217.

Commonwealths Attorney Larry Cleveland said Smith submitted documents claiming fictitious people worked for real employers and earned various amounts of money, but requested the returns be sent to her personal address.

Clevleand said the Kentucky Department of Revenue became suspicious. Upon contacting the employers, it was discovered the returns were fake.

It appears to all be fraudulent, Cleveland said. Its not a lot of money, but I guess if you do enough of them, its worthwhile.

The grand jury also indicted 30-year-old Michael Johnson for trafficking in marijuana and being a persistent felony offender.

Johnson, 1115 Meadow Glen Drive, ordered a couple of pounds of hydroponic marijuana to be delivered to his house. A confidential witness working for Frankfort Police arrived with the drugs, Cleveland said.

After Johnson took possession of the marijuana, police arrested him and obtained a search warrant for his house and vehicle, where they found items indicating he was trafficking, Cleveland said.

Johnson was previously convicted of trafficking in a controlled substance in Woodford County in 2008.