UPDATE: Beshear to prosecute former deputy in Ky. court
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on unsealed court documents regarding the bribery case involving former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer (all times local):
Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general says he will prosecute his former chief deputy in state court following his guilty plea to federal bribery charges.
Tim Longmeyer was the deputy attorney general for Andy Beshear. Court documents unsealed Tuesday at the request of the Lexington Herald-Leader show Longmeyer arranged for illegal campaign donations to Beshear’s campaign.
After he won the election, Beshear hired Longmeyer as deputy attorney general. Longmeyer resigned a few days before the federal charges became public.
Beshear noted federal authorities have said no political candidates were aware of Longmeyer’s illegal activities. Beshear said he would follow the same process that resulted in the prosecution of former Republican Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who went to prison for violating state ethics and campaign finance laws.
Newly released court documents show that former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer, who pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge, arranged for illegal campaign donations to Andy Beshear, who was elected attorney general, and Jack Conway, who lost his bid to become governor.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1W62Baf) reports a judge unsealed the records Tuesday at the newspaper’s request.
An affidavit states there’s no indication that the candidates were aware of the scheme.
The records show Beshear received at least three $1,000 donations and Conway received at least two $1,000 donations.
Court documents indicate the money came from a scheme Longmeyer had with Lexington-based MC Squared Consulting, which gave him kickbacks in exchange for help securing contracts with two insurers. The company’s owner has not been charged and his listed phone numbers are disconnected.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
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