Richie Farmer http://wkms.org en The Rise and Fall of Richie Farmer http://wkms.org/post/rise-and-fall-richie-farmer <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA&nbsp; basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:15:11 +0000 Rick Howlett (KPR) 39463 at http://wkms.org The Rise and Fall of Richie Farmer Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months http://wkms.org/post/richie-farmer-sentenced-27-months <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been sentenced to 27 months in prison. Farmer previously plead guilty to corruption charges for misappropriating government resources while in office.</p><p>The sentence also requires Farmer to pay over $120,000 in restitutions for abusing his power.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:03:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38035 at http://wkms.org Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months Farmer's Attorney Seeks 21 Months in Prison http://wkms.org/post/farmers-attorney-seeks-21-months-prison <p>The attorney for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is seeking a shorter prison sentence for the ex-University of Kentucky basketball star saying any time in prison beyond 21 months serves no purpose.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:29:20 +0000 The Associated Press 37919 at http://wkms.org Farmer's Attorney Seeks 21 Months in Prison Federal Prosecutors Want 27 Months in Prison For Farmer http://wkms.org/post/federal-prosecutors-want-27-months-prison-farmer <p>Federal prosecutors want former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Rich Farmer to serve&nbsp;27-months in&nbsp;prison&nbsp;and pay $120,500 in restitution to the state.</p><p>In a sentencing memo filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Taylor says failing to punish Farmer's conduct will lead to it becoming "part of the culture of government." Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources while overseeing the Agriculture Department.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:48:55 +0000 The Associated Press 37786 at http://wkms.org Federal Prosecutors Want 27 Months in Prison For Farmer Ethics Panel Approves Richie Farmer's Plea Deal http://wkms.org/post/ethics-panel-approves-richie-farmers-plea-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Executive Branch Ethics Commission has approved an agreement with former two-term Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer to resolve administrative charges related to his management of the department. That agreement is part of an overall deal that will also resolve government corruption charges pending in state and federal court.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:51:37 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 34716 at http://wkms.org Ethics Panel Approves Richie Farmer's Plea Deal Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years http://wkms.org/post/richie-farmer-reaches-plea-deal-could-get-2-years <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for two years.</p><p>Farmer's political career came crashing down during a 2011 bid for lieutenant governor, when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:22:53 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 34631 at http://wkms.org Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years Former KY Ag Commissioner Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court http://wkms.org/post/former-ky-ag-commissioner-pleads-not-guilty-federal-court <p><em>Updated 4/26/13 6:22 a.m.</em></p><p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has officially answered his indictment on five federal charges, pleading not guilty to all of them.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Farmer pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Thursday, where he was also informed of his rights.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px"><em>"We're glad to finally get the initial appearance out of the way, we're going to be ready when trial time comes and the rest of the story will come out then," says&nbsp;Farmer's attorney, Guthrie True.</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:02:27 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31034 at http://wkms.org Former KY Ag Commissioner Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department http://wkms.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-indictment-richie-farmer-wont-affect-department <p></p><p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the indictment of his predecessor Richie Farmer won't be an issue for the state Agriculture Department.</p><p>After taking office, Comer and his staff have helped with the many investigations of Farmer's tenure as commissioner. And Comer says he's made it his goal to restore public confidence in the department. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:45:43 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 30875 at http://wkms.org Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges http://wkms.org/post/farmer-indicted-felony-fraud-charges <p>A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.&nbsp; The indictment, unsealed today 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 friends who did little or no work for the state.&nbsp; 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. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:18:21 +0000 Todd Hatton, The Associated Press & Brenna Angel (KPR) 30860 at http://wkms.org Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges Federal Grand Jury Convenes to Probe Richie Farmer http://wkms.org/post/federal-grand-jury-convenes-probe-richie-farmer <p></p><p>Prosecutors released no information Friday about the findings of a federal grand jury looking into whether former UK basketball player-turned politician Richie Farmer violated criminal laws during his eight years as state agriculture commissioner.</p><p>It's not clear what the grand jury is investigating, but Farmer was accused last month of 42 ethics violations, including accusations Farmer gave jobs to friends, had state employees build a basketball court on his property and gave state-purchased laptops to his family members.&nbsp; Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:35:51 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30850 at http://wkms.org Federal Grand Jury Convenes to Probe Richie Farmer