Federal Grand Jury Convenes to Probe Richie Farmer

Apr 22, 2013

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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.

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. 

The charges, which are still pending, came nearly a year after a scathing state audit characterized the agriculture department under Farmer as a toxic culture of entitlement.

If the commission finds Farmer guilty of the ethics charges, he could face fines of up to $210,000.