This morning, Richie Farmer pled guilty to misspending during his time as Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Last week, Farmer agreed the deal, which will send to him to jail for two years, along with fine of $120,000 to settle his corruption case.
The judge on Richie’s case did not agree to the plea deal today, and wants to review it before sentencing in January.
Farmer was accused of using Department of Agriculture employees to work on his Frankfort home, including building a basketball court in his backyard. Prosecutors said Farmer also hired friends, including his girlfriend, as special assistants who did little or no work for the agency. And they accused Farmer of using government employees to do personal errands, including babysitting his children, mowing his yard, even chauffeuring his dog.
Chauffeuring the dog? Really, Richie?