Former Judge Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail

A former Eastern Kentucky judge will spend some time behind bars.

Former Perry Circuit Judge Doug Combs was sentenced today to six months in prison along with three years supervised release and $3,000 in fines.

Combs pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

He was accused of submitting fraudulent bills to a state agency to get money for himself and others.

He also allegedly hired temporary workers to free up his regular office staff to do personal work for him.

Combs resigned in 2004 while facing misconduct charges.

AP Story

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former eastern Kentucky judge has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to federal mail fraud charges.

Douglas Combs must also pay a $3,000 fine. The former Perry County circuit court judge pleaded guilty to the charges in June.

Combs admitted he had hired temporary employees as substitute court reporters. Instead, they helped Combs work on his personal business out of his public court office.

He then sent vouchers seeking payment to the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. Federal prosecutors have said that pay checks were mailed to those who were improperly listed as substitutes.

Combs was a circuit judge from 1992 to April 2004, when he stepped down amid misconduct charges by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.

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