Richie Farmer’s jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena as one of the 1992 Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Unforgettables, a title he likely used to become Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner between 2004 and 2011. Farmer is now being accused of using that title of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner to misuse state funds and abuse the position, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.
In the indictment, Farmer is said to have allegedly taken thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts, travel, other expenditures along with paying friends to work for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture – despite not doing much of any (or any) work.
The grand jury accused farmer of naming “special assistants” to do everything from walk his dog and running his errands to building a basketball court at his home during office hours.
Last month, a state record 42 Kentucky ethics violations were charged against Farmer for the same allegations.
The 43 year old Farmer is charged with five total federal felony counts and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine if he is convicted. It is expected that he will plead not-guilty.