MultiFest organizer charged with tax fraud - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

MultiFest organizer charged with tax fraud

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

The treasurer of an annual West Virginia cultural festival is charged with filing a false federal income tax return.

A U.S. District Court Filing Dec. 7 alleges Deborah S. Starks purposely under-reported her 2008 income as less than $14,000. Federal prosecutors allege her taxable income was a lot more than that amount.

Starks is the treasurer of MultiFest. She co-founded the annual event with her husband, Stephen Starks, in the early 1990s. The summer event currently takes place at the State Capitol Complex, featuring food, arts, crafts, music and other entertainment.

Deborah Starks declined immediate comment when she was contacted by The Associated Press.

Prosecutors leveled the charge through a filing known as an information, instead of seeking an indictment from a grand jury, which often indicates that a plea agreement is possible.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.