Ethics agency fines official $5,000 for kickback scheme

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Timothy Longmeyer
Timothy Longmeyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A former high-ranking Kentucky official who will soon begin serving prison time for bribery must also pay a $5,000 fine after settling 45 counts of ethics violations with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

The commission said in a news release Monday that Tim Longmeyer has reached a settlement with the commission under which he agreed to pay $208,500 in civil penalties for using his influence as head of Kentucky’s Personnel Cabinet to steer contracts to a public relations firm.

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The fine is being largely offset by $203,500 in restitution he agreed to pay U.S. District Court as part of his 70-month federal prison sentence.

Longmeyer was sentenced in September for orchestrating the kickback scheme. He is scheduled to begin serving the sentence Jan. 5.

 

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