Knott County Government Offices Raided

Associated Press Writer

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal authorities on Tuesday raided government offices in an eastern Kentucky county with a history of
misspending funds.

Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson confirmed the search, but said he had "no idea why they're here."

FBI agents executed a search warrant over several county government offices, including Thompson's, the county clerk's and the offices of the county finance director and treasurer. Calls to the FBI were not immediately returned.

Thompson, owner of the local radio station who took office in October, suspected the investigation came from allegations that he traded road-paving projects for votes.

The Republican judge-executive denied the allegations, saying they stemmed from partisan politics in the predominantly Democratic county.

The county has a troubled financial history. In August, an audit of the county revealed misuse of a judge-executive's credit card and failure to report federal grant money, among other things.

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