By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky Judge-Executive is being accused of abusing public trust by using county money to purchase lumber for personal use.

News outlets report a Breathitt County judge signed an indictment Monday. Jeff Noble faces two felony counts of abuse of public trust and theft by unlawful taking, and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct.

Officials say Noble used $700 in public funds to buy lumber for personal use, but Noble’s lawyer Derek Campbell says the lumber was for a publicly-owned bridge on county property.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Noble has been at odds with other county judges before. Campbell posted in a statement the “political machine” was using the justice system to “beat down their political opponents.”

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