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Richie Farmer pleads guilty to government corruption charges

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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?

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27 Comments for Richie Farmer pleads guilty to government corruption charges



  1. Sgt Jimmy
    11:30 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Richie Farmer was the victim of the Democratic machine that runs this state. But what Richie did was fall into doing what all the people did before him did even though he knew it was wrong.



  2. Frew Drunklin
    11:33 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    My opinion of this guy has hit the shits. What a scumbag.



  3. BackwoodsBobby
    11:35 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Well, at the risk of sounding like I’m defending him, Richie did exactly the sort of things that happen in Clay County. It’s just normal every day stuff down there. And yes, I’m sure it’s the same as scores of politcians before him have done. It doesn’t make it right, but I think it makes him look perhaps more unjust than he really is/was.



  4. Aaron Hernandez
    11:38 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Lightweight.



  5. Jughead
    11:39 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    I think he should do extra time for being named “Richie.” Way gaywad!



  6. Jughead
    11:40 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one who likes the old KSR format better?



  7. Real UK Fan
    11:42 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    6. I agree completely. This new format is horrible.



  8. UK Wildcat
    11:52 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    People who say things like “well thats just what all the politicians are doing/have always done, not that big a deal” really need to think about why our state is widely considered one of the worst in the entire country.



  9. umm
    11:52 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    1 – kentucky is a republican controlled state not democratic. As for richie, you messed up. Enjoy the butt waxing in prison.



  10. Richie Sucks
    11:55 am September 13, 2013 Permalink

    This guy blows – he’s a bad representation of Kentucky as a state and as a University – also if you’ve ever met the guy he’s a complete asshole and has some sort of false sense of entitlement over everyone



  11. RICK
    12:09 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    #6, You may be right about our state, but every one is doing what he did. Not saying its right, it needs to be fixed and maybe our state is starting that trend. GO BIG BLUE



  12. texascat
    12:15 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    I hope this means he’ll be starting for the prison basketball team. I trust the warden will make sure he gets plenty of playing time.



  13. NO1UNO
    12:35 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    9 – Voting in national elections as conservatives does not make the state Republican controlled. How old are you…12? Are you dismissing 40+ years of Democratic control that has a was infiltrating the thinking and belief of the general population regarding government goodies available through the “vote”. Both political parties SUCK. Fortunately, most of KY Democrats are conservative but still believe State government goodies are the norm. Richie was placed on a pedestal in Manchester and at UK. The only reason he was voted into office by those more ignorant than him in the first place was because he could play BB. Who is the bigger dumbass? I actually remember him once stating the his “dream” job was to be the athletic director as UK. He probably somehow thought that might come true because of who he was and have nothing to do with his skill set. The guy has lived a life with his head in a fog. He deserves what he is getting, not so much for what he did, but for being so naive to think his little “charmed” life was going to continue because he had always been given a “pass” because he was Richie Farmer. But the say that this type of attitude and milking the system has only now been committed is bullshit. It’s gone on in this state as long as it’s been a state. As long as people continue to turn their collective heads to this type of behavior and elected officials are corruptible, it will never end. At the end of the day, the fault for 40 + years of corruption in this state with corrupt politicians milking the system lies at the fault of those who vote. Kentucky ranks last in nearly every national metric. If you want an honest conversation, you have to ask yourself why that is.



  14. Prison Monitor
    12:46 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    only giving this corrupt punk 2 years is a tragedy. he deserves the death penalty after getting raped in prison for a few years. maybe he will commit suicide.



  15. Cathead
    12:48 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Chauffeuring his dog sounds like Obama using a Army Cargo Plane to fly his dog to his vacation spot.. Must be something in the political water..



  16. Musehobo
    1:09 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    “Other ppl do it too” = excuse for a basketball player you once liked

    Appropriate response: “I think a lot of ppl do it as well and it makes me sick”

    Let’s cut the homerism down just a little bit. This is a disgrace to any honest person who works for a decent days wages to feed his family. I have no respect for anyone who would steal my tax money to pave a basketball court in his back yard.



  17. Goose
    1:11 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    “And now for your Federal Pen Inmates, Starting at Guard, his jersey is hanging in Rupp Arena but now spends his days serving you mashed potatoes…..Richhhhhhiie Faaaaaarmer”.



  18. STEVE!
    1:37 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    14 – Don’t sugarcoat it. Tell us how you really feel.
    So does Richie become a “Forgettable” now? What happens to the jersey in the rafters?



  19. Turtleman
    1:40 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure glad #3 found an opportunity to dog all of Clay County.



  20. rick
    1:42 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    17, His coach would be Ricky P. if they had a prison sentence for being the worst husband in the world.



  21. BRATCH
    1:48 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Is anyone impressed at the abuses of power that can be accomplished as Agricultural Commissioner? Imagine what damage could have been done if Richie held a real office.



  22. Chicago Chris
    1:56 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    I looked it up:

    hu·bris noun \ˈhyü-brÉ™s\
    : a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence; having your dog chauffeured.



  23. Not All
    2:05 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    It sure may seem like all politicians in this Commonwealth are thieves or easily bribed but no not all are. The blatant disregard for laws and state policies puts Farmer in a class by himself. Look the former speaker of the house, Don Blandford, who went to jail for bribery was only taking $200 to $400 handshakes.

    Because Farmer was an average guard that played basketball for UK means nothing when you’re found guilty of felony thefts. I was working in state gov the same time Farmer was being a tool. He was a joke and talked about often by the rank and file Capitol workers in state gov. I’ve come to believe that Farmer has a mental disability and no I’m not joking. He constantly showed for years the lack of understanding from right and wrong despite his peers telling him what he was doing was wrong.



  24. UKBlue1!
    2:30 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Remove the Jersey and his coaches.



  25. KG
    3:54 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    I think Richie’s mental problem stems from drinking too much Tea brewed up by his mentor (David Williams).



  26. Blue Elvis
    5:35 pm September 13, 2013 Permalink

    Richie was a clown. I was once witnessed he and his ex-wife and entourage belittle a server in a restaurant. One of his sons was playing in a local baseball tourney. I should have expected his condescending demeanor when 20+ playes and parents sat at one table and he and his family sat separately at another. His charming ex berated the manager into comping their meals. It doesn’t surprise me that he had his hand in the state’s pocket. Rip that moth bitten jersey down and burn it before we’re embarrassed even more by his carpet baggery.

    I hope the judge tosses out his sweetheart deal.



  27. Mr. Obvious
    10:31 am September 14, 2013 Permalink

    Richie was a Republican and by his actions has proven that he fits the mold.