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State auditor finds possible misuse of public funds at three county attorney offices

Posted at 12:00 PM, May 21, 2020

Three Kentucky attorney's offices could face criminal charges for possible misuse of public funds.

According to a report by Kentucky auditor, Mike Harmon's office, the Lawrence County Attorney awarded more than $134,000 in bonuses from delinquent tax fees to employees within his office.

94% of that money was given to the attorney's wife totaling more than $126,000.

In Boyd County, auditors found the attorney's child support enforcement office had been paying more than $16,000 to a former supervisor. Those included falsified expense reimbursement requests, altered support documents for expenditures, and excess income and unearned benefits.

According to the audit, the Gallatin County Attorney's Office paid more than $36,000 for both personal expenses and expenses related to the Gallatin County Attorney's private law office. They say the majority of those funds came from the office's delinquent tax fund. The county attorney's wife serves as the office's bookkeeper.

They discovered accounts were used to pay credit card bills, a family monthly cell phone bill.

View the full report below: