Former Prestonsburg mayor Jerry Fannin, a friend of the KSR program, is in a little bit of trouble.
When Fannin was mayor of the Floyd County seat back in 2013, he spent taxpayer money on a semi-professional football team called the Kentucky Drillers. Fannin owned an interest in the team; he also played on the team, which isn’t a surprise. (My guess is linebacker. A mean one.)
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According to Kentucky.com, Fannin conned the city out of $7,800 to put toward the Drillers:
Fannin got city employees and agencies to spend money for donations or advertising for the benefit of the team, according to his plea agreement.
He also used a city-owned bus to take the team to away games and directed the city to spend money at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park that he said was to finance repairs, but was actually for rooms for team members, the plea document said.
The money diverted to benefit the team totaled $7,800, the indictment said.
Fannin was charged in February, and entered a plea on one count of theft last week.
The Drillers competed in the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) and the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL), but only lasted three seasons from 2011-13.
Leaving the charges aside, I still say Fannin can kick any other mayor’s ass.