Former Kentucky agriculture commissioner charged with 42 ethics violations
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has been charged with 42 ethics violations, tripling the previous record in Kentucky.
The Courier-Journal reports the Executive Branch Ethics Commission returned the charges following a nearly year-long investigation that began on April 30, 2012. The investigation was brought on by a report by State Auditor Adam Edelen regarding Farmer's tenure as agriculture commissioner.
Allegations include using Department of Agriculture employees to take him hunting and shopping, mow his lawn and even chauffeur his dog.
If found guilty, Farmer, who served as the state's agriculture commissioner from 2003-2011, faces a fine of up to $5,000 per count.
The 42 charges against Farmer triple the previous record of 14 charges, which were brought against an attorney from the state's Labor Cabinet.