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Marcum now on ‘Kentucky Tax Fugitives’ list

FRANKFORT — A former 24th Judicial District  Commonwealth Attorney for Lawrence, Johnson and Martin Counties has been indicted for failing to pay income taxes from 2004 to 2009, Franklin Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland says Leo Marcum, 68, of Inez, was elected commonwealth attorney in the eastern Kentucky county from 1987 to 2002.

Marcum,  who most recently had offices at Lowmansville is also a former attorney for the Inez Deposit Bank and served on the bank’s board of directors and reportedly made millions in the coal business, owes an unknown amount of unpaid taxes to the state’s Department of Revenue, Cleveland said.

Marcum also served a term in the Kentucky House of Representatives in the late 1970’s from the 97th District (which then included Johnson, Martin and part of Lawrence County) where he is best known for championing the 4% law which is still in effect and, ironically, prohibits taxing districts in the state from raising property taxes more than 4% in a year without a vote of the public.

“The revenue cabinet subpoenaed bank records and determined the … amount of deposits he had made into his account from apparent legal fees,” Cleveland said. “They determined he had sufficient income to be required to file tax returns, but what his actual tax liability is, I can’t speculate.”

Marcum also owes $1.3 million in unpaid taxes to the federal government, the Ashland Independent reported last March.

A U.S. attorney filed a lawsuit against Marcum because the Internal Revenue Service “has exhausted all of its administrative abilities to compel Marcum to file his federal tax returns and pay his federal tax liabilities,” The Independent reported.

Marcum now faces six counts of willfully failing to make or making false tax returns or failure to pay Kentucky taxes.

He also faces possible disbarment.

“That usually happens, yeah,” Cleveland said. “The last one of these I prosecuted, the person got disbarred.”

Marcum is already on a one year probation by the bar for his involvement in other illegalities.

Here is how the DOR’s website describes Marcum and others who have not paid state taxes:

The following individual was indicted for felony crimes investigated by the Division of Special Investigations, Kentucky Department of Revenue.  He has not yet been brought before a judge for arraignment and warrants for his arrest have been issued:

Leo MarcumLeo MarcumLeo A. Marcum... 6 counts, Failure to File a Kentucky Individual Income Tax Return (2004-2009)

Arrest warrant issued December 3, 2010
Franklin Circuit Court, 10-CR-00220
$60,000 cash bond

Last known address:
Crooked Run, Lowmansville, Kentucky 41224

DOB August 10, 1942
6’1’’ 250 lbs, blue eyes

Posted on Kentucky.Gov by the Department of Revenue

Story Posted Feb. 26, 2011 by Kevin Wheatley, The State Journal

Lazer Editor/Publisher Mark Grayson contributed to this story

Four Amish children die when buggy overturns in Ky. creek

GRAVES COUNTY - Four Amish children were swept away and drown Thursday night as their family horse-drawn buggy attempted to cross a creek with unusually swift currents from rainfall. The fast-moving water caused the buggy to flip over in the water.
The last victim, an 11-year-old girl, was found Friday morning shortly before 10 a.m. CST. The mishap had occurred about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon. The sheriff was interviewed Friday morning on NBC’s Today Show.

Surviving the nightmare were the parents and three other children. They had gone to use a telephone, according to a relative, and were returning home when the incident occurred.

The victims ranged in age from 5 months to 11 years.

Kentucky has about 8,000 Amish living in more than 30 communities around Kentucky.

From the KPA News Content Service

Knott court finds woman guilty of killing her own fatherAttorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the guilty plea of a Knott County woman in connection with the death of her 79-year-old father in 2009.

Denise Bradley, 48, pled guilty in Knott Circuit Court yesterday to second degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, as the result of a plea agreement with the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions. General Conway’s office handled the prosecution of the case at the request of the Knott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office due to a conflict of interest. As part of the plea agreement, the Commonwealth is recommending a 10-year prison sentence for Bradley.

An investigation by the Knott County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police revealed that Bradley assaulted her father, John Adams, at his Pinetop home on September 22, 2009 following an argument. The father and daughter had been at odds over a house Bradley’s parents deeded to her that was still under the control of Adams while he was living. Family members told investigators that Adams had obtained a domestic violence order against his daughter in 2008.

Following the attack, Adams was found bleeding but conscious by family members. Adams was treated for head injuries at University of Kentucky Medical Center. He died three weeks later at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center from complications due to blunt impact head injuries.

“I appreciate the hard work of our law enforcement partners in investigating this tragic case and my prosecutors for bringing it to a successful close,” General Conway said. “My office remains committed to combating the abuse of Kentucky’s vulnerable citizens, including children, the elderly and those who are helpless to defend themselves from abuse.”

Bradley is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Knott Circuit Court.