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Ex-Personnel Secretary Sentenced To 6 Years

Associated Press

A former high-ranking Kentucky official at the center of a kickback scheme has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.  Tim Longmeyer was sentenced to 70 months on Thursday by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.

Longmeyer pleaded guilty in April to a federal bribery charge for using his influence as head of Kentucky's Personnel Cabinet to steer contracts to a public relations firm. Longmeyer admitted receiving more than $200,000 in kickbacks.

Longmeyer served as personnel secretary during former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. Beshear's son, Attorney General Andy Beshear, hired Longmeyer as his top deputy. Longmeyer resigned days before the case against him became public.

The scandal proved an embarrassment to the Beshear family amid their ongoing feud with current Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Prosecutors say Longmeyer directed some of the money in the kickback scheme to Andy Beshear's campaign for attorney general.

An affidavit from an FBI agent said Beshear had no knowledge of the scheme.

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