Indicted Clay County officials plead not guilty to charges

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MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) – Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Lewis Asher and county road foreman Buford Jarvis have pleaded not guilty to charges related to public corruption.

Media reported that the two were in court Monday morning after being indicted earlier this month. They are charged with abuse of public trust, bribery of a public servant and criminal possession of a forged instrument

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The indictment alleges that Asher and Buford charged some property owners a few hundred dollars apiece for improvements to private land using public resources. According to the indictment, the men installed tile and concrete barriers and purchase orders found in their possession had been altered.

Their next court date is Dec. 5.

 

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