Kentucky State Rep. Ben Waide Indicted on Campaign Finance Violations
The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has announced the indictment of western Kentucky state Rep. Ben Waide on two counts of felony campaign finance violations.
Rep. Ben Waide, a Republican from Madisonville, is charged with funnelling $16,000 in funds from a company he founded, Liberty Rehabilitation, to bankroll his 2010 election campaign and to reimburse himself for travel expenses he didn’t incur.
Waide, who is currently in a race for Hopkins County Judge-Executive, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted and up to $20,000 in fines, according to the attorney general’s office.
Waide is also a subject of an ongoing civil suit filed by his former business partners who allege that Waide misused about $30,000 worth of company money for similar ends, including taking expensive unauthorized trips with his wife.
A call requesting comment from Waide’s lawyer, Hopkinsville attorney Bill Deatherage, was not immediately returned.