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Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer expected to plead not guilty to charges

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is expected to appear in federal court Thursday for an arraignment after being indicted on criminal charges related to his management of the Department of Agriculture.

His lawyer, Guthrie True of Frankfort, has already said Farmer will enter a not guilty plea.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier rescheduled the arraignment, which originally had been set for next Tuesday, because True had a scheduling conflict.

Farmer is charged in the federal indictment with four counts of misappropriating government property and money and one count of soliciting property in exchange for a government grant while head of the state Department of Agriculture.

Farmer was a shooting guard for the University of Kentucky's Wildcats basketball team from 1988 to 1992, a team known as "The Unforgettables."

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