Surveillance footage shows Tim Longmeyer at Capitol in the early morning hours day after resignation, day before indictment

07/07/2016 06:49 PM

A day after the date on his handwritten resignation letter and a day before he was indicted by a federal grand jury on bribery charges, Tim Longmeyer twice visited the Capitol during the early morning hours of March 24 and ultimately left with a box in his arms.

He was caught on security surveillance footage, obtained by Pure Politics via an open records request, arriving at the Capitol around 3:50 a.m. March 24 and leaving about 10 minutes later. He returned about three hours later — around 7:15 a.m. — and left toting a box some 15 minutes later.

In both instances, he used the entrance nearest to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, where he worked as chief deputy attorney general before he was charged in a kickback scheme allegedly involving Lexington-based firm MC Squared Consulting during his time as secretary of the Personnel Cabinet.

One of Longmeyer’s attorneys, Brian Butler, of Louisville, did not return calls Thursday seeking comment on the early-morning stops at the Capitol.

Longmeyer may have tendered his resignation and cleaned out his office at that time. Pure Politics reviewed surveillance footage from March 23 as well as keycard information connected to Longmeyer and found nothing indicating his presence at the Capitol that day.

Terry Sebastian, spokesman for Beshear, said in a phone interview that Beshear was out of the office on March 23 for a child sexual abuse training at Morehead State University, an interview with a reporter at the Ashland Daily Independent and a visit at Hope’s Place in Ashland, and he returned to find Longmeyer’s handwritten resignation letter dated March 23 on his desk the next day.

“When he got into the office on the 24th there was a letter on his desk from Tim saying that he had to resign, and that’s when the general first found out about it,” Sebastian told Pure Politics.

In a follow-up email, Sebastian noted that neither Beshear’s office nor his campaign for attorney general were targeted or implicated in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of Longmeyer, adding that the Office of the Attorney General “found no evidence of wrongdoing” after reviewing Longmeyer’s few months as Beshear’s top aide.

“We have released hundreds of Longmeyer’s emails in an effort to be totally transparent,” Sebastian said in the email.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, which sought such correspondence in an open records request, 13 of Longmeyer’s emails initially received in response were redacted entirely with headings such as “Report Unflattering” and “Second Amendment actions” before Beshear’s office reversed course and released the 13 uncensored.

Sebastian also addressed a letter to Longmeyer dated March 25 from Holly McCoy-Johnson, executive director of administrative services in Beshear’s office.

In the letter, McCoy-Johnson says that Longmeyer failed to submit timesheets for periods from March 1-15 and March 16-23.

“I have been able to verify that you did not work March 1-4 and have attributed annual leave time toward those days,” McCoy-Johnson wrote. “I have attributed ‘straight time’ of 7.5 hours daily for the days that you were at work.”

Asked about the letter and Longmeyer’s failure to file timesheets during the month of March, Sebastian said Longmeyer had complained of “having major health issues and appeared to be very sick” in the weeks leading up to his resignation and indictment.

“The March 25 letter was a necessary step in the HR process, required under Kentucky law, to fully separate Longmeyer from the office,” Sebastian said in an email.

After pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge April 19, Longmeyer is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 18. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Investigators say Longmeyer received $203,500 in kickbacks from an unidentified consulting firm, revealed in news reports as MC Squared, for helping steer more than $2 million in work to the company from contractors managing the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan.

Longmeyer has been the only person charged in the kickback scheme.

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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