Tips From Sheikhs Given To Lawyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Thousands of dollars in tip money for Blue Grass Airport employees from members of the ruling family of Dubai was handed over to a Lexington lawyer yesterday.

Lawyer William Bishop says he has NOT been directed what to do with the money, but he knows it isn't his.

Bishop retrieved three envelopes from the airport containing eight thousand dollars in cash and 19 unopened envelopes that airport officials thought also contained cash. The money and the envelopes were left by members of the Maktoum family for airport employees about a month ago as gratuities for providing security for United Arab Emirates planes parked at the airport.

The airport's legal counsel interpreted a state law to mean that it is illegal for airport public safety officers to accept tips while on the job at the airport.

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