Mother And Daughter Charged With Tax Fraud
Two women were recently arrested and charged with multiple fraud charges involving a scheme to take government benefits money.
Melody Jones, 43, of Speedwell, Tennessee, and her daughter, Brooke, 25, of Middlesboro, Kentucky, were indicted for allegedly taking part in a conspiracy to steal approximately $20,000 in both Medicaid and food stamp benefits, according to NBC affiliate LEX 18. Each crime could bring penalties of five to 10 years in federal prison.
In addition, Melody was charged with five counts of tax fraud, and Brooke was charged with two counts of failure to file a tax return and one count of filing a fraudulent income tax return, the news source reported. Each tax fraud charge can earn a prison sentence of one to five years each.
The two women also face fraud charges in relation to assistance program violations; Melody for the years of 2007 to 2011, and Brook for 2007 to 2009, according to the news source. Each charge has a jail term of one to five years.