Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary, Assistant Attorney General Tim Longmeyer charged with bribery

03/25/2016 03:06 PM

Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary and recent Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer has been charged with bribery, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Kentucky.

The story was first reported by WDRB-TV’s Marcus Green on Friday.

Court documents claim that Longmeyer used his position in the Personnel Cabinet to “participate in a kick back scheme” with others to persuade Humana and Anthem to hire and pay for consulting services. The complaint filed by the FBI says Longmeyer then laundered proceeds through a series of transactions, then converting the funds to cash and political contributions.

The political campaigns are not named in the 13-page criminal complaint filed on Friday.

The FBI alleges in the complaint that they believe at lesast $181,000 in consulting fees received from Humana were turned into $175,000 in cash and $6,000 in campaign contributions.

Attorney General Andy Beshear responded to the criminal complaint with a statement stating that he first learned of the complaint on Friday and that Longmeyer had resigned earlier in the week.

“The allegations deal with his prior employment, and are entirely unrelated to his time in the Attorney General’s Office,” Beshear said in a statement. “My office is fully cooperating with the U.S. Attorney and the FBI, and will continue to do so.

“To say I am disappointed or even devastated by these allegations is an understatement,” Beshear continued. “Our guiding principal in the AG’s Office has been ‘do the right thing, every time.’ We will continue to follow that principal.”

Longmeyer is scheduled to appear in court on April 20, at 1:30 p.m. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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