Former Agriculture Commissioner Admits Misappropriating Department Funds
FRANKFORT — Former Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner,
Richard Dwight Farmer, Jr., admitted in federal court today that he misappropriated
public resources during his tenure in office.
Farmer pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a program receiving federal
funds. Farmer entered into an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office which, if
approved by the Court, will require him to serve a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months.
Additionally, Farmer agreed to pay $120,500 in restitution to the Commonwealth of
Kentucky. Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove released Farmer on his own recognizance
until his sentencing hearing on January 14, 2014.
A trial date has been scheduled for Kenneth Gregory for Thursday, September 12.
Husband Set for Trial Next Year
One of two people accused of multiple sex crimes against their own children have pleaded guilty in Clay Circuit Court Tuesday.
The School Board discussed options in replacing several school buses in Clay School's bus fleet at Monday night's board meeting.
Former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer, 44, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for two years.
Farmer's management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture came into question two years ago during his bid for the lieutenant-Governor position.
Farmer's attorne filed a motion for a change of plea Thursday morning, indicating he has reached agreements to resolve all pending and potential criminal and ethics charges.
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