Pair of Garrard County Men Charged with Over $14 Million in Tax Fraud


Two Garrard county men are looking at charges related to a massive tax fraud scheme which totals over 14 million dollars. According to the unsealed indictment, 47 year old Clarence Micheal Junior along with 49 year old Warren Griffin the II had failed to pay nearly 15 million in in payroll taxes from their multiple staffing companies. The charges, which span from 2012 to 2016, allege that the two withheld taxes from employees’ checks and then had the employees write checks to them. Names of the companies were allegedly changed to try and cover up the fraud, as well as dummy companies started in their names. Each defendant faces up to five years in prison and fines of a quarter of a million dollars. In addition, they are facing charges of falsifying personal tax returns, and they could receive 3 years on these charges as well as more fines.