Frankfort consultant accused of bribing former Beshear aide Longmeyer in separate scheme

08/30/2017 06:00 PM

A Frankfort consultant and Democratic donor has been charged with bribing former Personnel Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer to steer state business to clients.

James Sullivan was indicted Wednesday on charges of bribery and conspiracy.

Sullivan, who could not be reached for comment, is accused of paying Longmeyer between Aug. 31, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2015, to land one of his clients a contract to administer the Kentucky Workers Compensation Program and on March 22, 2016, to secure contracts for client attorneys through the Office of the Attorney General, a day before Longmeyer resigned his position in Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office and three days before a federal grand jury indicted him on bribery charges.

Longmeyer, who pleaded guilty to accepting $203,500 in bribes from another consultant in exchange for contracts for work through the Kentucky Employees Health Plan, is serving a 70-month prison sentence.

Sullivan allegedly paid Longmeyer at least $14,000 cash for his client’s workers’ compensation contract, not including “intermittent payments” between 2010 and 2014, and another $1,000 cash to influence Longmeyer for legal work through the attorney general’s office, according to the indictment.

A news release from acting U.S. Attorney Carlton Shier IV notes that Longmeyer is not accused of criminal conduct during his time as deputy attorney general.

Sullivan’s indictment is the latest bribery scandal tied to Longmeyer. The consultant charged with bribing Longmeyer for work associated with the state employees’ health plan, Sam McIntosh of Lexington, is serving a 65-month prison sentence while a second consultant charged in connection with the kickback scheme, Larry O’Bryan of Louisville, is serving 60 months behind bars.

The three bribery charges against Sullivan each carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines while the conspiracy charge carries up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines, according to the indictment.

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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