Information Allegedly Misused By Official

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The former solid waste coordinator for Clay County has been indicted.

A Clay County Grand Jury indicted Joe Swafford last week for allegedly misusing information that was the basis for bids submitted to the state for cleaning up illegal dumps in his county.

Swafford was named in 19 counts of misuse of confidential information by a public official, which is a Class D felony. He was also indicted on one count of official misconduct in the first degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

The alleged misconduct is in connection with the process for soliciting bids and awarding contracts for open dump cleanups under state Kentucky Pride funding. The indictment says Swafford submitted two contractor bids in May 2005 that reflected estimates from the county.

For 20 of the dump sites, inspectors arrived at estimates that collectively were two-point-two (m) million dollars below the county's estimates.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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