- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials are investigating people who may have helped former Kentucky Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer illegally pressure state workers for campaign donations.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (https://bit.ly/2g8eyf0 ) the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Personnel Cabinet are separately investigating the allegations, along with several unnamed law enforcement agencies.

Longmeyer pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge in April after admitting to receiving more than $200,000 in kickbacks from a public relations firm. He is scheduled to report to prison on Dec. 7 to begin serving a nearly six-year sentence.

Monday, Longmeyer agreed to pay a $208,500 fine to settle 45 counts of ethics violations with the commission. All but $5,000 of that will be offset by penalties Longmeyer owes in his criminal case.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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