Richie Farmer

Government
12:17 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Richie Farmer's Guns, Knives Bring More Than $21K at Auction

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

Guns and knives once intended as political gifts during the Richie Farmer administration of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have generated $21,415 at auction.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Richie Farmer

Credit Rick Howlett

 

 As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA  basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.

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Government
5:03 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months

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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.

The sentence also requires Farmer to pay over $120,000 in restitutions for abusing his power.

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Crime
12:29 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Farmer's Attorney Seeks 21 Months in Prison

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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.

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Government
2:48 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Want 27 Months in Prison For Farmer

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

Federal prosecutors want former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Rich Farmer to serve 27-months in prison and pay $120,500 in restitution to the state.

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. 

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Government
11:51 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Ethics Panel Approves Richie Farmer's Plea Deal

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Kentucky's 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. 

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Corruption
3:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years

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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.

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.

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Government
4:02 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Former KY Ag Commissioner Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court

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Updated 4/26/13 6:22 a.m.

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has officially answered his indictment on five federal charges, pleading not guilty to all of them.

Farmer pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Thursday, where he was also informed of his rights.

"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 Farmer's attorney, Guthrie True.

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the indictment of his predecessor Richie Farmer won't be an issue for the state Agriculture Department.

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.

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Government
10:18 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges

Former KY Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer
Credit agpolicy.ky.gov

A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.  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.  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.

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