Lexington businessman indicted on illegal campaign contribution charges

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Fayette County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Lexington businessman, accused of violating campaign finance laws.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, between March 2018 and May 2018, Timothy Wayne Wellman allegedly arranged for third parties to make campaign contributions to local campaigns and then reimbursed them for the amount of the contributions made.

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According to the Herald-Leader newspaper, the donated money went to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council members during the 2018 election to influence their votes on a new city government building.

The newspaper goes on to say the company Wellman worked for, CRM Companies, won the bid, but the deal ended up falling through.

Wellman was indicted on sixteen felony counts of violating campaign contribution restrictions and expenditure limits.

The case was investigated jointly by the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.