Former Personnel Cabinet employee admits to soliciting campaign dollars, falsifying timesheets

09/19/2017 10:41 AM

A former official who worked in the state’s Personnel Cabinet under Tim Longmeyer settled charges with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission on Monday, admitting to soliciting campaign contributions on state time and submitting falsified timesheets.

Bill Ryan, a former special assistant in the cabinet, was ordered to pay $4,000 as part of the settlement.

The ethics commission, which open a preliminary inquiry in the matter on July 18, 2016, found that Ryan had thrice contacted non-merit Personnel Cabinet employees to donate to former Gov. Steve Beshear’s re-election campaign in 2010 and 2011, in each instance telling them that their contributions were required.

The ethics panel said Ryan had told one cabinet worker that she must give Beshear’s campaign $250 based on her salary.

Ryan twice contacted another employee, calling her on her personal cell phone for a required primary contribution to Beshear’s re-election bid and again during the general election before he approached her at the cabinet and collected a $250 donation, according to the commission.

Ryan also admitted that he submitted falsified timesheets during pay periods in 2014 and 2015, with some cabinet employees saying that at times they only saw him at the office to drop off his timesheets, according to the panel.

By settling his case, Ryan waived any right to appeal the commission’s decision.

Ryan’s name first emerged in a report commissioned by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration, which detailed allegations of various officials strong-arming state workers for campaign donations to Beshear, 2015 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway and the Kentucky Democratic Party.

“Governor Bevin’s commitment to cleaning up the mess in Frankfort continues to bear fruit,” RPK Communications Director Tres Watson said in a statement. “Steve Beshear called Governor Bevin’s investigation a ‘joke’ and ‘a waste of time’, but multiple Beshear Administration officials mentioned in it have now pled or been found guilty of ethics violations.

“Ethics are not a joke and enforcing them is not a waste of time. However, it’s no surprise the Beshear Administration had so many issues when that’s the sort of attitude the former Governor has towards ethics laws.”

Longmeyer is currently serving a 70-month federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to bribery charges for accepting more than $200,000 in kickbacks in exchange for helping secure contracts for Lexington consulting firm MC Squared Consulting through the Kentucky Employees Health Plan. Sam McIntosh, who ran MC Squared, is currently serving a 65-month federal prison sentence for his role in the scheme.


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