Beshear to transfer $10,000 to State Police Lab to help test additional SAFE kits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A day after announcing a nearly $3 million federal National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant, Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office will transfer an additional $10,000 to the Kentucky State Police crime laboratory to continue the testing of sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) kits.

According to the Attorney General’s office, the money is the amount of interest accumulated since February from the multimillion-dollar Risperdal settlement. The Attorney General’s office alleged Johnson & Johnson dishonestly marketed its drug Risperdal to patients and the medical community in Kentucky.

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In order to maximize the use of the settlement funds, Beshear’s office placed the money in interest-bearing accounts, according to the Attorney General’s office. The office says they provided $30,000 in accumulated interest to the lab in February.

The Attorney General’s office says the total of $40,000 from settlement interest given to KSP this year by Beshear’s office will cover the cost of testing nearly 66 SAFE kits.