Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer indicted on felony fraud charges

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A federal grand jury indictment charges former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer with misappropriating  more than $450,000 in state funds.

The indictment unsealed Monday in Lexington charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring his girl friend and other friends who did little or no work for the state.

The indictment says that throughout his tenure as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012, Farmer wrongfully used public funds and state resources to obtain goods and services for himself and his family.

Farmer was charged with four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.

If convicted on all counts, Farmer faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball player, will be arraigned April 30 in Lexington. Farmer will plead not guilty, said his attorney, Guthrie True.

Read the document below for the full indictment:


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