My old Kentucky is also home to public corruption, Justice Department says

State ranks No. 4 per capita over past 10 years

Make a list of what Kentucky is known for.

Horse racing, bourbon and basketball are probably at the top.

Now add public corruption.

Kentucky is No. 4 on the list of most corrupt states, based on the number of people convicted of public corruption between 2002 and 2011 per capita.

Kentucky has 6.89 convictions per 100,000 people.

Ohio is 13th at 4.11 and Indiana is 33rd at 2.14.

Who’s No. 1?

That’s Louisiana with nearly nine convictions per 100,000.

The data comes from the Department of Justice.

Northern Kentucky has been rocked by public corruption scandals this year.

• Bob Due, former finance director for the city of Covington, was arrested Aug. 23 on charges of embezzling at least $600,000. He  is awaiting trial.

• Phil Trzop, former Boone County Water District general manager, pleaded guilty Aug. 28 to selling scrap metal from repairs. He used some of the $30,000 he took to pay Christmas bonuses to employees but pocketed the rest. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

• Gary Rye, former superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools, was accused of taking nearly $224,000 in unauthorized benefits and payments in a special state audit released March 8. He has not been charged.

By far, most of the corruption cases in the state in the past 10 years - 237 - occurred in the Eastern District, which includes Northern Kentucky,  to 65 in the Western District.

See the DOJ Public Integrity Section Report for 2011 at https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/784553-department-of-justice-public-integrity-report.html

The table below, provided by Business Insider, lists states by convictions per 100,000 people between 2002 and 2011:

 

 

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