Consultant gets five-years for participation in kickback scheme with former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer

03/02/2017 04:19 PM

Lawrence “Larry” O’Bryan has been sentenced to five-years in prison for his participation in bribing a public official and his role in a kickback scheme with former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer.

District Judge Karen K. Caldwell sentenced O’Bryan, 57, for convictions on three counts of bribery concerning a federally funded program. O’Bryan was also ordered to pay $100,000 fine and $642,201.50 in restitution, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. O’Bryan has already paid the restitution in full, according to the release.

The Democratic consultant previously admitted that he accepted kickbacks on behalf of Longmeyer, beginning in 2009.

According to O’Bryan’s plea agreement, Longmeyer agreed to use his former position to steer contracts to MC Squared Consulting. In return, the owner of MC Squared Lexington based Democratic political consultant Samuel McIntosh, agreed to pay O’Bryan approximately half of MC Squared’s proceeds from these contracts.

O’Bryan then kicked back a portion of these funds to Longmeyer. During his involvement in this scheme, O’Bryan accepted $642,201.50 in kickbacks from MC Squared and transferred a significant portion of those funds to Longmeyer, according to the press release.

O’Bryan pleaded guilty to three counts of bribery concerning a federally funded program in September 2016. Longmeyer pleaded guilty to a related charge and was sentenced to 70 months in prison in September 2016. Additionally, Samuel McIntosh and Myron Harrod, both affiliated with MC Squared, pleaded guilty to related charges in January 2017 and are currently awaiting sentencing.

Nick Storm

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