Attorney General Beshear says he owes "debt of gratitude" to investigators as Longmeyer implicated again

09/01/2017 04:33 PM

With his former top deputy implicated in a second federal bribery investigation, Attorney General Andy Beshear praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tim Longmeyer, a former Personnel Cabinet secretary and deputy attorney general who’s serving a 70-month prison sentence after pleading guilty for his role in a kickback scheme involving state contracts, was allegedly paid $1,000 by Frankfort consultant James Sullivan in March 2016 for help steering contracts in the attorney general’s office to his clients.

That’s on top of at least $14,000 Sullivan allegedly paid Longmeyer for contracts administering the Kentucky Workers Compensation Program from 2009 to 2015. Sullivan’s attorney denied the allegations, according to The Courier-Journal.

Beshear, after a Louisville event on Thursday, said his office did not award any contracts at the time Sullivan is accused of bribing Longmeyer, who resigned his position a day later and days before his federal indictment.

“There was no potential for harm in the attorney general’s office, but I do appreciate the FBI,” Beshear said. “I appreciate the U.S. attorney. They are out there fighting public corruption. We do the same on the state level in different areas, and I owe them a debt of gratitude going back for the actions they took. Kentuckians deserve a clean and corrupt-free government, and it takes all of us in law enforcement to make that happen.”

The initial federal investigation also tied back to Beshear’s office and campaign.

Federal investigators said Longmeyer and Sam McIntosh, a Lexington consultant sentenced to 65 months for his role in bribery scheme involving contracts through the Kentucky Employees Health Plan, discussed securing jury survey contracts and continuing their scheme and that the two discussed voter contact surveys through Beshear’s 2015 campaign for attorney general, which were conducted by a former special assistant to Longmeyer in the Personnel Cabinet.

As part of the $203,500 Longmeyer received in the kickback scheme, $6,000 went to Beshear and former Attorney General Jack Conway’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign through illicit straw contributions. Prosecutors say the two were unaware of the illegal donations.

Beshear has said he will contribute any illegal receipts to Common Cause Kentucky following an audit of his campaign account, which is nearing completion.

“We should be able to close it out very soon,” he said. “We’re trying to see what issues they had, and in a campaign that size you always have one contribution that might not be sent back within the exact day period because they come in with different names over the Internet. We want to see which one of those that they want to address, if we’re going to have any penalties, what they’re going to be, and then we’re going to close it out and provide every dollar we can to Common Cause.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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