Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Morgan County sheriff agrees to plead guilty to failure to file a tax return


Morgan County Sheriff Ana Woodard Franklin has been charged for failing to file a tax return.

The charge was announced by U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman.

The one-count information filed in United States District Court Tuesday charged Franklin, age 54, of Hartsell, 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,” Town said. “The Department of Justice will continue to federally charge those who fail to do so. We appreciate the investigative work of IRS-CID 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,” Holloman said. “Doing so may subject you to significant penalties, fines, and the possibility of jail time.”

Franklin was a former Morgan County Sheriff’s Department investigator when she won the Republican nomination from two-term incumbent Sheriff Greg Bartlett in 2010.

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.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

IRS-CID investigated the case along with FBI Birmingham. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey is prosecuting the case.

In 2016 the IRS initiated 3395 investigations, 2744 prosecutions were recommended, there were 2761 informations/indictments handed down, 2762 convictions, and 2699 defendants sentenced. 79.9 percent of those went to prison and served an average sentence of 41 months.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

More from the Alabama Political Reporter


Peeples most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.


The bill adds mandatory minimum sentences for people possessing amounts of fentanyl that signify an intent to distribute the deadly drug.


Both Harrell and Sanders were runners up in the races for their respective positions in the 2022 election cycle.


Hubbard, originally sentenced to four years for violating ethics laws, has been in the custody of the ADOC since September 2020.


Ivey appointed chief deputy David Hill to fill the position after the sudden passing of two-term sheriff Joe Sedinger.


The changes include phasing out the business privilege tax and the exemption of $6,000 of retirement income for senior citizens.


Meanwhile, the state had among the highest sales tax in the U.S.


Even with the increased revenue from tax collections over the previous fiscal year, inflation will still cost the state government.