Louisville Democratic consultant tied to Longmeyer, MC Squared kickback scheme pleads guilty to bribery charges

09/28/2016 06:05 PM

A man who conspired in a kickback scheme with former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer and Lexington-based firm MC Squared Consulting swiftly pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges on Wednesday.

Larry O’Bryan, a veteran of Democratic politics and founder of Pro-Active Media in Louisville, pleaded guilty to three bribery charges before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell in Lexington, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey’s office.

O’Bryan waived indictment by grand jury in entering his plea on Wednesday. His involvement in the kickback scheme was first reported by The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader.

He admitted crafting the kickback scheme in 2009, which involved surveys conducted by MC Squared for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan administered by Humana. The consulting firm would send half of its Humana contract proceeds to O’Bryan, who would withhold portions for taxes before kicking half of the leftover money to Longmeyer.

O’Bryan received more than $642,000 between October 2011 and March 2014, when his role as intermediary between Longmeyer and MC Squared ended, according to the release.

Longmeyer, who pleaded guilty in April, is scheduled for sentencing 2 p.m. Thursday.

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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