FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2012) — A former clerk for the Perry County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Thursday after an audit found nearly $600,000 in missing funds from the department, said Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
Lana Dean, 66, of Hazard turned herself over to the sheriff’s department Thursday after she was indicted on one count of abuse of public trust over $100,000, a Class B felony.
Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations unit began investigating the case in December 2011, after an audit by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts uncovered $590,000 in missing franchise taxes between 2002 and 2006. The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Internal Revenue Service also assisted in the investigation.
If convicted, Dean faces 10 to 20 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Teresa Reed, commonwealth’s attorney for the 33rd Judicial Circuit, which includes Perry County.
An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.