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Officials in Ballard, Fulton Counties Indicted in Separate Cases Wednesday

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A federal grand jury has indicted the top elected official in Ballard County in western Kentucky, along with the county's former treasurer. 

The U.S. attorney's office in Louisville says Judge-Executive Vickie Viniard and former Treasurer Belinda Foster secured $450,000 in bank loans without the consent of the county's Fiscal Court.

A release from the attorney says Foster, who left the treasurer's job in December, was authorized to use the funds for medical reimbursement payments to county employees. About $27,000 of those payments went to Foster, an indictment said.

In a separate case Wednesday, former Fulton County Jailer Ricky Parnell and four contractors were indicted in an alleged kickback scheme during the construction of the county's new jail. Federal prosecutors say Parnell received about $175,000 dollars in the scheme.

This story has been updated.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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