Complaint against former deputy attorney general, Personnel Cabinet secretary dropped as prosecutors plan path forward

04/18/2016 03:04 PM

The criminal complaint accusing Tim Longmeyer, a former Personnel Cabinet secretary and deputy attorney general, of bribery has been dropped as prosecutors plan to pursue the case through an information rather than an indictment, which may signal that a plea deal has been reached.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier granted a motion from Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Boone on Monday to dismiss the criminal complaint against Longmeyer, who allegedly accepted more than $200,000 in kickbacks from a Lexington firm identified as MC Squared Consulting in exchange for helping the company secure business through Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan contracts held by Humana and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Boone wrote in his motion that prosecutors instead will charge Longmeyer with conduct outlined in the original complaint through an information, which means the ex-personnel head under former Gov. Steve Beshear and former top deputy to Attorney General Andy Beshear has agreed to waive prosecution via grand jury indictment.

In some cases, that’s been a precursor to a plea deal.

Kyle Edelen, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, declined to comment on whether Longmeyer had agreed to plead guilty to federal charges. The government’s motion to dismiss the criminal complaint against Longmeyer in lieu of another charging method is standard in federal criminal cases, Edelen said.

Longmeyer’s attorneys – Brian Butler and R. Kenyon Meyer, both of Louisville – did not return phone messages seeking comment.

Longmeyer had been scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Lexington at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, but Wier’s dismissal order struck the case from the active docket.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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