Attorney General Jack Conway and his Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announced the indictment and arrest of a former Perry County Sheriff’s Department Clerk after an audit found nearly $600,000 in missing funds from the Sheriff’s Department.
Lana Dean, 66, of Hazard turned herself over to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, October 12, 2012 following her indictment on one count of Abuse of Public Trust over $100,000.
General Conway’s DCI 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 (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also assisted in this investigation.
The charge against Dean is a Class B felony and carries a penalty of between 10 and 20 years in prison. Prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office of Teresa Reed, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 33rd Judicial Circuit representing Perry County.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.