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Attorney General Says Charges Coming for Longmeyer


Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says a former top deputy in his office will face state charges. Tim Longmeyer has already pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge.

Beshear told reporters he’s not ready to say what state charges will be filed against Longmeyer. He expressed appreciation Wednesday to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for its investigation of Longmeyer.  

The AG says without their work Longmeyer could have done real damage to the attorney general’s office. “The U.S. Attorney and the FBI have been absolutely clear on multiple occasions that there was no wrongdoing by me, the office of the attorney general or any campaign including mine.”

Beshear says his office is still working to match state charges with federal charges. “We’re actively doing that work and it doesn’t matter to the attorney general’s office, even if you’ve worked in the office. If you break the law, we’re gonna charge you.” 

Longmeyer earlier this spring acknowledged guilt in federal court to soliciting more than 200 thousand dollars in bribes from state business deals while working for former governor Steve Beshear. He was deputy attorney general in Andy Beshear’s office until he resigned in March, a few days before being charged.

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.
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