Tim Longmeyer must pay $5,000 penalty after settling ethics case

11/15/2016 10:29 AM

Less than a month before he reports to prison for his role in a kickback scheme involving the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission penalized former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer $208,500 for violating the state’s ethics code.

But that amount will be offset by the $203,500 Longmeyer, who worked under former Gov. Steve Beshear and most recently served as deputy attorney general in Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, was fined in U.S. District Court, leaving him with $5,000 owed to the commission, according to a news release by the ethics commission.

The matter was settled Monday, including Longmeyer’s decision not to contest allegations by the commission that he solicited gubernatorial campaign contributions from Personnel Cabinet employees between 2011 and 2015 while on state time and that he directed a subordinate to do the same for a judicial campaign between 2012 and 2014.

Longmeyer also admitted to filing false financial disclosure statements with the ethics commission in 2014 and 2015.

Longmeyer was sentenced to 70 months in prison for accepting $197,500 in cash and $6,000 in conduit campaign contributions from the Lexington-based firm MC Squared Consulting in exchange for securing work for them through KEHP contracts held by Humana and Anthem from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015.

He is scheduled to report to prison Dec. 7.


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