Former sheriff Ana Franklin gets probation in federal tax return case

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -Thursday marked a major turn in Ana Franklin's life.

The longtime law enforcement officer and two-term sheriff is now another alabama resident on probation.

Her day in court started slowly.

The sentencing hearing began two hours late.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Posey said all parties needed to work out some concerns before it began.

"I think both sides were prepared to put on witnesses and introduce exhibits," explained Posey. "But in the conference with the chambers we were able to narrow the issues."

Former Morgan County sheriff Ana Franklin was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Thursday for failing to file a tax return.

Franklin also was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and has to repay anything she owes, along with filing amended tax returns for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Franklin pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a misdemeanor, in January. The charge stems from money she earned in 2015 but failed to report on her taxes in April 2016.

Franklin could have faced up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Posey argues franklin didn't receive special treatment ---- but Alabama sheriffs need to better manage taxable income.

"They need to be careful in the way that they take any surplus food fund money for personal use that it is personally taxable to them. They need to treat it right and pay their taxes," said Posey.

When asked if she wanted to comment, the former sheriff simply said "thank you."

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